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NJN must be saved

NJN must be saved
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Let me emphasize at the outset that I fully support Governor Chris Christie's proposal to end the $11 million subsidy of NJN and transfer its operations, licenses and equipment to a non-governmental entity, such as an independent, not-for-profit corporation. The state of New Jersey should not be in the business of owning and operating a television or radio station. Furthermore, the state can no longer afford it.

It must be a top New Jersey priority, however, to save NJN, preferably through private philanthropic efforts. The demise of NJN would result in irreparable harm to media coverage of New Jersey government and politics — a veritable journalistic tragedy.

If NJN were to cease to exist, there would still be ample newspaper and Internet New Jersey news reportage. Yet there must be significant and meaningful television news coverage of New Jersey politics and government for Garden State citizens to be fully and properly informed. This will not exist if NJN is allowed to die.

To be sure, both News 12 New Jersey and WWOR-TV Channel 9 provide high quality programs on New Jersey politics. I have been most fortunate to be a guest on numerous occasions on New Jersey Power and Politics. The hosts of this show, Jim McQueeny and the now departed Laura Jones are outstanding journalists who have done a superb job of focussing in depth on key issues and personalities affecting New Jersey quality of life. Similarly, Brenda Blackmon has hosted many fine discussions on the show, New Jersey Now on WWOR-TV Channel 9.

 

Urge support of NJN and its New Jersey voice with a secured public funding base

Urge support of NJN and its New Jersey voice with a secured public funding base
BY MICHELE S. BYERS
THE STATE WE'RE IN

New Jersey's budget crunch has extended its reach to New Jersey Network (NJN), the state's public television station since 1968. NJN has become the place to go for...

Setting the record straight on the ARC tunnel project

Setting the record straight on the ARC tunnel project
BY PETER KASABACH
COMMENTARY

New Jersey Future has long supported the Access to the Region's Core (ARC) tunnel project for a number of reasons.

The tunnel will allow a doubling of NJ Transit capacity bet...

Inflation or deflation — which will it be for U.S. economy?

Inflation or deflation — which will it be for U.S. economy?
BY ROY NERSESIAN
COMMENTARY

Let me tell you what it'll not be: return to normalcy. We are going to pay the full price of thirty years of financing prosperity by debt and Walmart's shipping of manufactur...

Privatizing key N.J. DEP functions will lead to environmental disaster

Privatizing key N.J. DEP functions will lead to environmental disaster
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

Governor Christie's corporate takeover of our environment continues. Executive Orders and a Red Tape Review Task Force have targeted fundamental environmental protections and r...

NJEA supports high-quality public charter schools

NJEA supports high-quality public charter schools
BY BARBARA KESHISHIAN
COMMENTARY

For 15 years, public charter schools have been part of the public education landscape in New Jersey. They are now a well-established part of New Jersey's public school ...

Weathering New Jersey higher education’s perfect storm

Weathering New Jersey higher education’s perfect storm
BY HARVEY KESSELMAN
COMMENTARY

Higher education in New Jersey is not immune to the winds of change in today's political and economic climate. Colleges and universities throughout the state — indeed the ...

CGI: How a global effort encourages local action

CGI: How a global effort encourages local action
BY JEANETTE FRIEDMAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

About a week before I covered the Clinton Global Initiative in Manhattan, I read the galley proofs for Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Di...

We want our local hospital reopened in Pascack Valley

We want our local hospital reopened in Pascack Valley
DEAR EDITOR:

Most of us in the Pascack Valley area want our local hospital reopened. Certainly I do, as well as my colleagues, Assemblyman Robert Schroeder and Senator Gerald Cardinale.

Many of our fel...

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