(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John Wisniewski, Paul Moriarty Lou Greenwald and Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. to create a task force to study New Jersey Network’s future and protect the longtime investment by New Jersey taxpayers was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.
Gov. Chris Christie has proposed eliminating state funding for NJN, but the three sponsors said his plan left unanswered questions about the state’s investment in the station and the value it holds to New Jersey viewers surrounded by New York and Philadelphia television networks.
“NJN has is a valuable state asset that has long served this state respectably with educational and public affairs programming that cannot be found anywhere else,” said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). “We have think carefully about any plan for its future and ensure it protects taxpayers, workers and viewers.”
“NJN, though its studios and equipment in Trenton and Newark, four television transmitters, six low-power television translators, seven radio transmitters, plus public-broadcast licenses, is worth an estimated $200 million or more,” said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). “That’s all taxpayer investment, yet some would have us just walk away from that without any clear plan. That’s irresponsible.”
“NJN has long provided a valuable service to New Jersey, and we need to protect not only what it offers to New Jersey viewers, but the major investment taxpayers have put into it,” said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). “This study is the fair and responsible thing to do for taxpayers, NJN’s dedicated workers and the state as a whole.”
“NJN is a valuable asset that cannot be handled with a slapdash plan,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “Whatever its future holds, it must be done the right way.”
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