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Fox News communications center of Christie lawsuit

TRENTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being sued over his administration’s refusal to release any correspondence between Fox News President Roger Ailes and the governor or his staff.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed suit Monday on behalf of a reporter for Gawker Entertainment LLC.

It’s based on a public-records request made by Gawker reporter John Cook in May. Mr. Cook sought any correspondence, phone records and calendar entries from Mr. Christie’s office on the meeting between Mr. Christie and Mr. Ailes during the summer of 2010.

The governor’s office has refused to confirm whether the records exist and said that if they did they would be exempt from state’s open-records law.

Calls and emails sent to Fox News and Mr. Christie’s office were not immediately returned.

IOWA

Pawlenty: Bachmann gets facts ‘off the mark’

MANCHESTER — Call it the Minnesota feud — Iowa style.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is using a campaign appearance in Iowa to accuse his home-state Republican presidential-nomination rival — Michele Bachmann — of having a record of mixing up her facts.

Mrs. Bachmann is in Iowa, too, but is staying away from what’s become an escalating war of words.

Mr. Pawlenty is responding to weekend criticism from Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign that the former governor supported policies President Obama also backed. Mr. Pawlenty told about 100 people at an event in Davenport, Iowa, that Mrs. Bachmann “has a record for saying things that are off the mark.”

Mrs. Bachmann hit back weeks after Mr. Pawlenty described her record in Congress as “nonexistent.”

MICHIGAN

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