Matt Katz

Reporter, WNYC News

Matt Katz appears in the following:

Chris Christie and America's Poorest City

Friday, July 11, 2014

When the going gets tough, the governor goes to Camden. Matt Katz finds out why.


Sandy Czar, We Hardly Knew Ye

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


The czar in charge of New Jersey's Sandy recovery is resigning in the very same manner in which he ran some 50 programs dispensing federal storm aid: Quietly.

Marc Ferzan's tenure as Gov. Christie's point person for Sandy began in 2012 when the governor still enjoyed bipartisan popularity for the ...

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Christie: Neither Gun Lobby Nor Sandy Hook Families Prompted My Veto

Monday, July 07, 2014


Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that neither lobbying from gun rights advocates nor visits from parents of children killed in the 2012 Connecticut school shooting affected his decision to veto a major gun control bill last week.

The bill would have limited the size of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10. In ...

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Hounded By Protesters, Gov Still Finds Love

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Fresh off signing a budget that vetoed tax hikes on millionaires and reduced a public worker pension payment, Gov. Christie was followed by protesters wherever he went Tuesday. 


Guns, Gays & Bridgegate: Christie's Road To New Hampshire Has Some Speed Bumps

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The governor was not subtle about his 2016 political plans as he glad-handed his way through the early primary state. But issues that have been a problem for him in blue New Jersey co...

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Exclusive: Logs Show Dozens of Calls Between Former Port Chief & Top Christie Aides

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Gov. Christie’s former top man at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Samson, was in frequent contact with top aides at the statehouse during the week lanes were shut...

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Christie Campaigns in New Hampshire 598 Days Before the Presidential Primary

Friday, June 20, 2014


Gov. Chris Christie bounded into T-Bones restaurant in Bedford, NH, at suppertime on Friday. He held hands with a 102-year-old woman, signed some baseballs and took a bunch of cellphone selfies.

Technically he was there to campaign for Walt Havenstein, a New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate. But in reality, at least ...


With Budget Showdown Looming, Christie Takes on 2016

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Despite Bridgegate and a budget crisis, Christie is pressing ahead with 2016 preparations.


Bridgegate's Legal Bills Are $4.4 Million, And Counting

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


The Bridgegate legal bills are just starting to come in, totaling $4.4 million so far. But that number is going to increase exponentially -- that's because 43 people are getting their legal fees paid for by the public, and we have yet to see hardly any of those bills. Here's ...

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Christie's Chief of Staff Testifies

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NJPR reporter Matt Katz and WNYC's Andrea Bernstein talk about Monday's testimony on the George Washington Bridge lane closings by Kevin O'Dowd, Gov. Christie's chief of staff and nominee to be the next New Jersey attorney general. 

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4 Reasons To Be Frustrated By Democracy In New Jersey

Monday, June 09, 2014


1) None Of The Above did well in last week's election.

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate -- one of only three statewide elected positions in New Jersey -- last ran for public office 36 years ago. He hadn't even lived in the state until he moved back in a ...


Christie Staffer to Testify on Bridgegate — And Then, Perhaps, Become Attorney General

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Is Christie acting as if the last five months were just a bad dream?


Christie's Meh Job Approval At Home Consistent With 2016 GOP Rivals

Wednesday, June 04, 2014


A new poll out from Fairleigh Dickinson University indicates that Gov. Christie's approval rating among New Jerseyans is 44 percent, a steep drop from the plus-50 percent approval ratings he enjoyed in his first term on the way to a landslide reelection victory. And an increasing number of New ...


Port Authority -- Or Politburo?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014


Both Democrats and Republicans seemed dumbfounded by the lack of oversight exercised by at least one member of the Port Authority's board of commissioners.


Hoboken Mayor Zimmer and Her Big Sandy Check

Tuesday, June 03, 2014


A pot of federal Sandy funds that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer famously alleged to be part of an illegal Gov. Christie shakedown scheme will come to the city after all.

At an event Monday in Little Ferry, notable for Zimmer's absence from the stage and Christie's refusal to take questions, ...

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Christie's Blurred Lines

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


A 24-year-old former mid-level staffer for Gov. Christie's government office — and later, Christie's re-election campaign — withstood more than five hours of questioning Tuesday at a Bridgegate hearing that shed light on the Christie political operation at the Statehouse.

But the hearing didn't tell us is who was responsible ...


Chris Christie's Immigration Story

Saturday, May 17, 2014

At his only commencement speech of the season Christie told a hushed audience a 16-minute story about the immigration experience of his grandmother.


Bridgegate Now Has A Spaceship

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bridgegate is not just a traffic jam -- it is a scandal that touches on just about every mode of transportation mankind has so far developed. And now we have spaceships. A recap:

Cars: The Sept. 9-13, 2013, double-lane closures in the town of Fort Lee, NJ, to the George Washington ...


Christie's Spokesperson Speaks

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gov. Christie's press secretary, Michael Drewniak, is the latest Christie staffer to testify before a committee investigating the lane closures on the GWB last year. Matt Katz, reporter for NJPR, shares the details of his testimony, including any surprising revelations.

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Why Didn't Team Christie Hear The Bridgegate Alarms?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Today's marathon (seven hour!) testimony from a calm, respectful Michael Drewniak, the governor's colorfully-spoken spokesman (and unofficial liaison between the Port Authority and the governor's office), focused not on the Big Bridgegate Questions (who did this, and why?), but rather on a secondary question: Was there a cover-up? 

Drewniak's testimony, ...