Chris Christie WFAN emails

Graham Kates filed this request with the Office of the Governor - New Jersey of New Jersey.
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From: Graham Kates

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), I hereby request the following records:

All emails that reference the radio station WFAN, "660" or "ESPN Radio" generated by Governor Christopher Christie, and the following current and former Senior Staff in the Office of the Governor of New Jersey, between February 1, 2016 and today, April 27, 2017, :

Amy Cradic, Chief of Staff
Thomas Scrivo, Chief Counsel
Scott Coffina, Senior Deputy Chief Counsel
Amy Melick, Deputy Chief Counsel
Jacqueline L. Halldow, Deputy Chief of Staff of Communications
Matthew McDermott, Appointments Director

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Graham Kates

From: GOV Opra Custodian

Dear Mr. Kates:

Attached please find the response of the Office of the Governor to your OPRA Request.

From: Graham Kates

Dear Ms. Taylor,

Thank you for your response to my OPRA request, for: All emails that reference the radio station WFAN, "660" or "ESPN Radio" generated by Governor Christopher Christie, and the following current and former Senior Staff in the Office of the Governor of New Jersey, between February 1, 2016 and today, April 27, 2017, :

Amy Cradic, Chief of Staff
Thomas Scrivo, Chief Counsel
Scott Coffina, Senior Deputy Chief Counsel
Amy Melick, Deputy Chief Counsel
Jacqueline L. Halldow, Deputy Chief of Staff of Communications
Matthew McDermott, Appointments Director

Unfortunately, the response you sent appears to include no emails generated by either the Governor or any of the Senior Staff listed in the request. In addition, your response noted that "the search resulted in many news articles or news stories containing the search terms." If those news articles and stories appeared in your search within emails sent by the governor or above-mentioned staff, I would like to receive those as part of the request response.

Thank you,

Graham Kates

From: GOV Opra Custodian

Thanks for your email. In follow-up to our May 8th letter, our Office did not locate any emails between the Governor and the staff members listed below containing the search terms in your request. In terms of the news stories containing the search terms, I am attaching a sample email. I do not think that the email and the news stories are responsive to your request. Thanks. Heather

From: Graham Kates

Thank you, Heather. I appreciate it. Just want to clarify one thing though: Was the search for emails between the Governor and his staff, or was it a search for emails sent/received by each of those staff members individually, as well as the governor? The latter is what I was trying to request.
Best,
Graham

From: GOV Opra Custodian

Thank you for clarifying your request. I am attaching one responsive record, which we have redacted because it contains "inter-agency or intra-agency advisory, consultative, or deliberative material," which is exempt from production under the OPRA statutes. See N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1. As set forth in my May 8th letter, we have also withheld documents based on the Governor's private meeting schedule and we are withholding documents pursuant to the executive privilege. Finally, as set forth below, many news stories contain the search terms. In addition, there were many false positives. For example, various documents contained "660" tablets in an opioid report, "Hannifan" Corp. in a report, the number "660" in an Excel report, "660" in a government website, etc. We do not believe the documents containing the news stories or the false positive hits are responsive to your request. Thanks. Heather

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