18 minutes | Jan 19th 2016

Katz on Christie: The Book

Wait no more, Gov. American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption is officially on the shelves this week. Back when he inked a deal to write a book about New Jersey’s popular governor, Matt Katz didn't know – and therefore nobody knew –  the word Bridgegate. Now, over two years later, Christie is running for president in an entirely changed political landscape. American Governor tells the story of the Governor’s rise, fall and attempted comeback. This week, New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz joins host David Furst to talk about the book, and what it’s like covering the man he calls the “most compelling politician in America today.” American Governor manages to reveal new details about the governor’s life – no small feat considering its subject’s famously open emotions and expansive storytelling. On the podcast, Matt shares stories about Christie’s marital difficulties and the “fight closet” he uses with Mary Pat. But yeah, five years on the beat have taken their toll. He dreams about Christie now. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie meets with Matt Katz and reporters for annual, off-the-record summer drinks at the Jersey Shore in 2014.  Check out the WNYC Data News App: The Christie Tracker.  
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