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The Christie Tracker

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The Governor of New Jersey is one of the best-known and most colorful figures in American politics and he has announced his candidacy for a presidential run in 2015. WNYC will be there to cover the story, every step of the way. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio and many others. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org © WNYC

The Governor of New Jersey is one of the best-known and most colorful figures in American politics and he has announced his candidacy for a presidential run in 2015. WNYC will be there to cover the story, every step of the way. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio and many others. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org © WNYC
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The Governor of New Jersey is one of the best-known and most colorful figures in American politics and he has announced his candidacy for a presidential run in 2015. WNYC will be there to cover the story, every step of the way. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio and many others. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org © WNYC

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Episodes

The Christie Tracker Podcast Answers Your Questions

11/23/2016
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The Bridgegate trial is done. Governor Christie is heading into his last year in office. And the Christie Tracker Podcast is closing up shop. Before we go, our resident Bridgegate-ologists, WNYC's Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein, join us to answer your questions. Former Christie associates Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni plan to appeal their guilty verdicts. But the Gov is certainly ready to move on. Speaking about Bridgegate on NJ 101.5's Ask The Governor show this week he said, "I'm DONE...

Duration: 00:21:56


The Christie Tracker Podcast: Bridgegatepalooza!

11/16/2016
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The Trial is done. The guilty verdicts are in. So in an effort to turn the page on this chaotic chapter in New Jersey's history, we present Bridgegatepalooza - - a wrap-up of the political retribution scheme that derailed the rising star of the national Republican party, and ended – we thought – the political future of Chris Christie. Host David Furst is joined by a group of reporters who covered the Bridgegate saga as it unfolded. Shawn Boburg, formerly with the Record now with the...

Duration: 00:22:04


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial - Week 7

11/2/2016
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Now in week 7, the Bridgegate trial is in the hands of the jury. And so as we wait for verdicts for former Christie staffer Bridget Kelly and former Port Authority appointee Bill Baroni, WNYC's Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz join us with a few closing arguments of their own. There were a lot of details and characters for the jury to keep track of over the last 6 weeks of testimony. Speaking with host David Furst, Matt and Andrea detail the drama that played out in court when juror...

Duration: 00:14:36


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial - Week 6

10/26/2016
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Former Christie staffer Bridget Kelly finally hit the stand in week 6 of the Bridgegate Trial. Governor Christie has always maintained that he had no knowledge about the plan - prior to or during the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Kelly testified that she told him once before and twice during the 5-day shutdown. She even offered up a counter explanation for her infamous "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email. And Kelly testified that she was afraid of the...

Duration: 00:21:12


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial - Week 5

10/19/2016
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Bill Baroni, the former Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority was on the stand this week in the Bridgegate trial. He, and former Christie staffer Bridget Kelly, are on trial for allegedly orchestrating the lane closures leading to the George Washington Bridge in a scheme to punish the Mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Governor Christie's reelection bid. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz bring us the latest. Speaking with host David Furst, Matt says Baroni's 'basic argument...

Duration: 00:17:10


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 4

10/11/2016
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We're only a third of the way through the Bridgegate trial. Testimony from the prosecution's star witness David Wildstein wrapped up last week. The former port authority official has implicated nearly everyone in Governor Christie's orbit – including Christie and Governor Cuomo. WNYC's Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein join us to detail the high emotions on display last week and to look forward to the testimonies of former Christie staffer, Bridget Anne Kelly and former Deputy Executive...

Duration: 00:16:20


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 3

10/5/2016
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It was another busy week in Christie world. Over the past several days, Governor Christie announced a deal to allow a gas tax hike to pay for transportation projects in New Jersey... he called Donald Trump a genius on Fox News Sunday for losing nearly a billion dollars in 1995... and, after a long weekend, former port authority official David Wildstein was back on the stand for week 3 of the Bridgegate trial. WNYC's Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein and the Star-Ledger's Tom Moran join us...

Duration: 00:19:32


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 2

9/28/2016
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Week 2 of the Bridgegate trial featured more show-stopping testimony from David Wildstein. The former Port Authority official who has pleaded guilty in the lane closure scandal, said governor Chris Christie knew about the traffic at the George Washington Bridge while it was happening. And, according to Wildstein's testimony, when the governor was informed about the gridlock in Fort Lee – just before a ceremony to honor victims of 9/11, no less – he laughed. WNYC's Matt Katz and Andrea...

Duration: 00:17:20


Christie Tracker Podcast - The Bridgegate Trial: Week 1

9/21/2016
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The Bridgegate trial has begun for former Christie staffer, Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, the former Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority. And Chris Christie's name has been coming up a lot in federal court in Newark. On the very first day, prosecutors came out and said the governor knew about the politically motivated lane closures leading to the George Washington Bridge while they were happening. We kick off season two of the Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate...

Duration: 00:13:01


The Christie Tracker: The Bridgegate Trial

9/19/2016
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We've been on hiatus for a while. But summer break is over. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wrapped up their tour. Beach season is done. And we got kicked out of the rental in Manasquan. Oh, and the Bridgegate trial is finally underway for former Governor Christie staffer, Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, the former Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority. So it was time to reemerge. We're re-launching with a new season of podcasts starting this Wednesday, September...

Duration: 00:01:23


Governor Christie's Achilles Heel

3/16/2016
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From Bridgegate to the Chairman’s Flight... and from the scuttling of the ARC Hudson River tunnel project to the precarious finances of state’s depleted transportation trust fund, the Christie administration has been defined by controversy related to travel and transportation. This week, it was revealed that New Jersey taxpayers have shelled out nearly $1.8 million for his Executive Protection Unit when Governor Christie goes out of state. NJPR’sMatt Katz joins hostDavid Furst to discuss...

Duration: 00:18:35


Will Chris Christie Do Anything to Stay Out of Jersey?

3/2/2016
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Depending on who you were talking to, it was either the most shocking thing the governor has ever done or not surprising at all. But certainly everyone was talking about it. Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump sent the political world reeling and had New Jersey residents wondering when they might ever see their governor again. Just over two weeks after suspending his own presidential bid, the governor was back out on the campaign trail – this time working for his buddy, Donald....

Duration: 00:20:26


Shorn of "Candidate" Status, Governor Christie Reemerges

2/17/2016
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It was the first sight most New Jerseyans had of Chris Christie since he dropped out of the presidential race. The governor was back behind a podium, addressing a joint session of the state legislature. Never one to do anything on a small scale, his annual budget speech provided the perfect vehicle for his return to Jersey politics, full time. For once, Christie had no hybrid title. No "Presidential Candidate" or even "RGA Chairman" to preface his actual job: governor. And this time, his...

Duration: 00:19:54


Christie's Presidential Dreams Meet Cold Granite

2/10/2016
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Governor Christie spent more than 70 days campaigning in the Granite State. He held 76 town hall events there. This is where he needed to do well. Last week's big loss in Iowa wasn’t unexpected, but the smart money said he had to place in the top four in New Hampshire to be able to continue his campaign. And yeah, that didn't happen. He came in 6th - and last among the three remaining governors in the race. This week, we look back on his quest to become the next president. And NJPR'sMatt...

Duration: 00:21:55


How Does Chris Christie Rebound From 10th Place?

2/3/2016
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After months of campaigning, primary season just got real. And real ugly for Team Christie. Iowa dealt a major blow to the guy hoping to be the top governor coming out of the caucuses. Instead, he came in 10th overall - and dead last in the governors sweepstakes, behind Bush, Kasich and, yes, Huckabee. Senior Editor for Politics Policy for WNYC News,Andrea Bernsteinand New Jersey Public Radio’sMatt Katzjoin us to pick up the pieces of the Christie campaign and see if it can be put back...

Duration: 00:18:32


Christie: Mopping Up the Political Damage After Jonas

1/27/2016
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First, he says he’s not coming back to New Jersey. Then, he arrives in time for winter storm Jonas and says he was planning to all along – if the situation demanded his presence. He leaves after less than 40 hours and rushes back to New Hampshire for more campaigning (and a Patriots game). After the storm, he says there’s “no residual flooding damage.” Then, facing criticism, he returns to Jersey and clarifies. It all seemed so… indecisive. And some of his comments stung. While Jersey...

Duration: 00:20:16


Katz on Christie: The Book

1/20/2016
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Wait no more, Gov. American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemptionis 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 nobodyknew – 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...

Duration: 00:17:55


Christie’s State of the State: “I Will Never Stop Fighting for the People Who Elected Me”

1/13/2016
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He's fighting an uphill presidential campaign and still losing popularity at home, but Governor Christie reminded the state house – and a national audience – of his considerable gifts as a politician. In his annual State of the State speech, he brazenly took credit for saving New Jersey’s economy and railed against Democrats in Trenton for moving ahead with a plan to constitutionally mandate payments into the state pension system. He announced he would dedicate $100 million to help fight...

Duration: 00:13:02


Christie: Just Dropping In to See What State My State is In

1/6/2016
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261. That’s how many days Governor Christie spent out of New Jersey in 2015. And according to New Jersey Public Radio’s Matt Katz, “There’s not much really happening in terms of the governance of New Jersey.” As state matters are squeezed between the governor's campaign stops and TV appearances, Matt says Trenton has “basically ground to a halt.” But next week, Christie will take a break from campaigning to appear in Trenton for his annual state of the state speech. As the governor...

Duration: 00:22:38


Christie in College: A Chief Executive in Training

12/30/2015
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Ah, schooldays. Things were different for Chris Christie back at the ol’ University of Delaware. The carefree scamp would spend his days building coalitions while running for president of the student body. He'd relax by fighting to secure an endorsement from the school newspaper. OK. So nothing has changed. By the time he hit college, Christie was already a seasoned vet. This is a guy who was president of his class in 9th, 10th, 11th AND 12th grades. This week, NJPR’sMatt Katz turns back...

Duration: 00:17:27

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