Katz on Christie: The Book

 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie meets with reporters from the New Jersey press corps for annual, off-the-record summer drinks at the Jersey Shore in 2014. Author Matt Katz is in the red shirt.(Tim Larsen/Governor's Office)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie meets with reporters from the New Jersey press corps for annual, off-the-record summer drinks at the Jersey Shore in 2014. Author Matt Katz is in the red shirt.(Tim Larsen/Governor's Office)

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Speaking about Matt Katz’s work-in-progress on the campaign trail last year, Governor Chris Christie said, “I’m as anxious as the book company to see if he might actually finish something at some point.”

Wait no more, Gov.

American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption is officially on the shelves this week. 

20160120 american gov book cover 300Back 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. 

 

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