NJ elected officials expressed their concern over the continuing blackout of News Corp. channels—like WNYW 5, WWOR 9, Fox News—on Cablevision's systems as the media company and cable provider remain far apart during transmission fee negotiations. NJ Governor Chris Christie said he was worried that Cablevision wasn't "fulfilling the obligation" to customers by not cutting a deal while Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez sent a letter to the FCC, "We ask that the FCC take immediate action to move the parties to a prompt resolution of this dispute and to minimize the impact of future disputes. "

The two companies have been negotiating for days but haven't made any progress—their talks yesterday were just one phone call, according to Media Decoder—and the head of the Fox Networks Group told the Wall Street Journal (which is also owned by News Corp.), "I sent six people to New York last Thursday, and they've been sitting there, twiddling their thumb. There's been no substantive negotiation."

Cablevision's EVP of communications Charles Schueler said, "When broadcasters like News Corp. remove their signals, they hurt viewers in an attempt to gain business leverage. Cablevision agrees to submit to binding arbitration, as called for by more than 50 elected officials from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as the fastest and fairest way to return Fox programming to Cablevision viewers. We call on News Corp. to do the same." And Cablevision also directly addressed Christie's remark, "It is clear to us that government intervention, in the form of binding arbitration, is the fastest and fairest way to resolve this dispute. And we remind Governor Christie that News Corp. pulled the plug on its Fox channels, not Cablevision."

One annoyed Cablevision customer told Bloomberg News he was switching to DirecTV, "Cablevision turns into a bunch of whining crybabies when they don’t get what they want. Content providers have no obligation to help Cablevision."