By Brendan Sasso - 12/11/12 08:52 PM EST
The FCC announced last week that it would accept more comments on the proposal, postponing a vote until at least January.
Lautenberg worried that the proposal would allow media moguls like Murdoch to gain further control of news coverage. He explained that New Jersey has to rely on the New York City and Philadelphia media markets and only has one of its own dedicated TV stations, WWOR-TV, which is owned by News Corp.
But Lautenberg complained that WWOR-TV has devoted too much attention to New York, and not enough attention to local New Jersey issues.
"Given the localism, diversity, and consolidation issues at hand, I urge the FCC to carefully consider, through a public process, the impact of relaxing cross-ownership rules before it acts," Lautenberg wrote.
Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOne year into his campaign, a look at Sanders's ascent in the polls Five ways Trump will attack Clinton Sanders drops lawsuit against DNC MORE (I-Vt.) and Maria CantwellMaria CantwellThis week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline Week ahead: Senate looks to wrap up energy, water spending bill Senate, House face time crunch on energy bill MORE (D-Wash.) also criticized the FCC's proposal at a news conference last week, and 44 House Democrats sent a letter opposing the changes.