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Hoboken Mayor Zimmer and Her Big Sandy Check
Matt Katz | June 3, 2014 | Katz on Christie
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.
Chris Christie's Immigration Story
Matt Katz | May 17, 2014 | Katz on Christie
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered his only commencement speech of the season Friday morning at South Jersey's Rowan University — an institution he turned into a research institution when he signed . . .
Bridgegate Now Has A Spaceship
Matt Katz | May 15, 2014 | Katz on Christie
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 . . .
Christie's Spokesperson Speaks
Matt Katz | May 14, 2014 | Katz on Christie
Gov. Christie's press secretary, Michael Drewniak, is the latest Christie staffer to testify before a committee investigating the lane closures on the GWB . . .
Why Didn't Team Christie Hear The Bridgegate Alarms?
Matt Katz | May 14, 2014 | Katz on Christie
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 . . .
Christie's Spokesman: Gov Knew Nothing of GWB Lane Closures
Matt Katz | May 13, 2014 | Katz on Christie
Michael Drewniak, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's longtime spokesman, told a state legislative panel that his boss and senior leadership in the governor's office had no knowledge . . .
"You Can't Trust Anyone"
Matt Katz | May 7, 2014 | Katz on Christie
A former Christie staffer, Christina Renna, testified before an investigative committee yesterday - the first time a Christie official has given Bridgegate testimony. Matt Katz, reporter for NJPR explains what we learned from the testimony . . .
Bridgegate Investigators To Samson: Time's Up
Matt Katz | April 30, 2014 | Katz on Christie
Legislative investigators have sent a letter to former Port Authority Chairman David Samson, who resigned amid investigations over his role in Bridgegate and his business practices, mandating that he turn over documents . . .
Christie vs. Colorado
Matt Katz | April 27, 2014 | Katz on Christie
Chris Christie has picked yet another fight. This time, with the state of Colorado. The response from the Rockies was initially mild. Then it got ugly.
Christie Warns of Crisis — Economic, Not Political
Matt Katz | April 23, 2014 | Katz on Christie
"Disaster" looms. That was the message that Gov. Chris Christie sent to the state's business leaders, lobbyists and lawmakers who gathered in Washington, DC, Tuesday night for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's 77th annual "Walk to Washington."
Meet Christie's New Ombudsman
Matt Katz | April 18, 2014 | Katz on Christie
As part of the internal review into the scandals whirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, lawyers recommended the governor hire an ombudsman.
Christie and McGreevey: Unlikely Gubernatorial BFFs
Matt Katz | April 17, 2014 | Katz on Christie
Once upon a time, the U.S. Attorney in Newark was investigating the governor in Trenton for corruption. Today, that U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie, is now a governor under investigation himself by a different U.S. Attorney . . .
He Said, She Said: Quotable Moments From The Bridgegate Interviews
Matt Katz | April 16, 2014 | Katz on Christie
Newly released documents offer additional details about the scandals enveloping the Christie Administration. The documents are summaries of interviews with 70 people that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lawyers conducted . . .
Backed by Dems, Christie Pushes For Property Tax Relief
Matt Katz | April 14, 2014 | Katz on Christie
Gov. Chris Christie pushed Monday for renewal of one of his signature property tax relief measures, which has stalled in the Democratic-controlled Assembly.
Playing Ball With Chris Christie
Matt Katz | April 10, 2014 | Katz on Christie
On May 13, 2013, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno had a now notorious chat with the mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, in the parking lot of a Sandy-damaged ShopRite. Zimmer remembers Guadagno threatening her: If she didn’t approve a development project . . .
Judge To Dems: No Bridgegate Docs For You
Matt Katz | April 10, 2014 | Katz on Christie
In a victory for both Gov. Chris Christie and his former aides, a New Jersey judge has ruled that two key figures in the Bridgegate scandal do not have to turn over documents to a state legislative panel.
How Christie's Office Used Government Employees to Win Endorsements
Matt Katz | April 4, 2014 | Katz on Christie
The thrust of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election strategy last year was to secure endorsements from Democratic officials -- and new Bridgegate documents show just how intent he was to make sure that happened. The documents, culled by WNYC from thousands of pages released by his attorney last week as part of an internal review,
Christie Wins and Loses in Vegas After Bridgegate Report Exonerates Him
Matt Katz | April 1, 2014 | Katz on Christie
Late last week, lawyers for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie released a report clearing him of responsibility in the Bridgegate scandal. Then he left for Las Vegas, leaving his supporters and critics alike to discuss the implications on the Sunday talk shows.
A Jilted Lover, a 'Crazy' Man and Diane Sawyer: What Christie Crisis Management Looks Like
Matt Katz | March 30, 2014 | Social, Katz on Christie
The internal Bridgegate report released by a legal team hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office contains some new information, but not much. The report is more instructive as a study of crisis management -- and an examination of how a possible presidential candidate reacted to a crisis.
Can Christie Win Big In Vegas?
Matt Katz | March 27, 2014 | Katz on Christie
The "Sheldon Primary" is being held this weekend, and Chris Christie is a contender. The gov is headed to Las Vegas Saturday, where he will join several Republican presidential candidates for a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition. But the real action will be around casino magnate
5 Things To Think About As Christie Investigates Christie
Matt Katz | March 25, 2014 | Katz on Christie
At some point this week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office is expected to release an internal review of the scandals enveloping his administration, particularly Bridgegate. The report is expected to contain new revelations, but The New York Times said it will conclude
Christie Finally Gets Asked a Bridgegate Question at Town Hall
Matt Katz | March 20, 2014 | Katz on Christie
It took five town hall meetings, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was finally asked his first question about Bridgegate. The man at the church in Flemington asked why the governor fired former deputy chief-of-staff Bridget Kelly for lying. Why wasn't she fired for doing something illegal by
More Bridgegate Emails Released
Matt Katz | March 18, 2014 | Katz on Christie
More emails released in the Bridgegate scandal engulfing Gov. Chris Christie's administration provide new evidence about a larger circle that covered up the involvement of the governor's staff. In one email, the head of Christie's re-election campaign praises the governor's top Port Authority appointee for hoodwinking the Legislature about the cause of the traffic jams. . .
Christie at CPAC, Rebuilding Relationship with Conservative GOP
Matt Katz | March 7, 2014 | Politics
Governor stresses bipartisan strengths, citing record of conservative reform in a blue state
"Traffic Problems" At Newark Airport -- It Eventually Happened
Matt Katz | February 28, 2014 |
Christie: Born to Run for President -- or Running for His Political Life?
Matt Katz | January 16, 2014 | Politics
His week was so bad that even his idol Bruce Springsteen dissed him in a viral video
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