New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stepped into the dispute between Cablevision and Fox that’s left 3 million homes in New Jersey and New York without access to Fox’s local stations, reports Bill Carter in the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.
Christie said he plans to contact New Jersey’s utilities board, which regulates cable television in the state, because he’s concerned that Cablevision is "not fulfilling the obligation they have to ratepayers."
The piece notes that while other politicians have talked about the dispute, Christie appears to be the first one to specifically criticize Cablevision. He added that cable operators take in a lot of money and that customers "pay a hefty price" to get the service. The governor added that he wouldn’t try to influence any action by the utilities board, the story notes.
Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey senators, on Monday called for the Federal Communications Commission to take action to resolve the standoff, it adds.