The Gist: Matt Katz on the Christie Tracker and New Jersey corruption in song.

Chris Christie and the Smack Talk Express

Chris Christie and the Smack Talk Express

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Jan. 27 2015 5:41 PM

The Passion of the Christie

While preparing to run for the highest office, Chris Christie hasn’t tamped down his personality in any way. Will that help or hurt?

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24, 2015.

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Do Chris Christie’s outbursts make him impossible to elect as president or beloved for candor? Today on The Gist, WNYC reporter Matt Katz explains his complicated relationship with the New Jersey governor. Katz is the host of the new podcast The Christie Tracker. For the Spiel, Mike unearths an early experiment from NPR’s Day to Day, an ode to the Garden State’s wave of corruption.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.