Joseph Katz spent most of his youth in Freehold and Kearny, where in both towns his father owned a neighborhood grocery and liquor store. After graduating from Kearny High School, he enlisted in the Navy during World War II , serving as a radio and electronic technician on ships that were engaged in combat in the South Pacific. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to New Jersey, receiving a B.A. degree from Rutgers and subsequently a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago. For ten years, he was a government and political reporter for the Newark News until joining the gubernatorial campaign of Richard Hughes as press secretary, later serving in the Hughes Administration as a special assistant and secretary to the Cabinet for the Governor. After leaving the Governor’s staff, he established a pioneering government relations and lobbying firm in Trenton that he headed for over thirty years until retiring.
Interview on December 13, 2005 – Transcript available here (pdf)