A lawsuit is expected to be filed today to obtain communications between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog. The civil suit is being filed by the blog Gawker.
John Cook, a reporter for Gawker, plans to file the suit against Christie’s office to obtain the records, the story says. The germ of the investigation is in a New York magazine article, which said Ailes had called Christie and encouraged him to run for president earlier this year. Ailes has denied the report.
Cook and others believe Ailes, a former Republican strategist, remains involved in politics, the story says.
According to the report, the lawsuit states: “A strong public interest exists in knowing whether the executive in charge of the nation’s most-watched cable news channel is acting as a political consultant to a prospective Republican presidential candidate.”