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Christie commission should remember why NJN was created before making recommendation

Christie commission should remember why NJN was created before making recommendation
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

When New Jersey Public Television launched its first broadcast in April of 1971, it carried the hopes of a determined band of activists — including future Governor Tom Kean — who were convinced that, with its own television station, New Jersey would receive the kind of news coverage routinely denied it by major network affiliates in New York and Philadelphia.

In the 39 years since the red light went on atop the camera in a studio in a converted supermarket in a Trenton suburb, the network has endured efforts to sell it, convert it to a commercial outlet, relinquish its broadcast license altogether, or turn it over to a foundation or non-profit entity.

It's been pilloried as ideologically slanted, and its coverage of government and politics as fundamentally unfair. It occupies a unique — some say untenable — position in that it relies to some degree on state budget appropriations granted by many of the same individuals who are its outspoken critics.

 

What happened to the N.J. Senior Freeze and Homestead Rebate in new state budget?

What happened to the N.J. Senior Freeze and Homestead Rebate in new state budget?
BY CHARLOTTE VANDERVALK
ANALYSIS

The dust has settled on the FY 2010-11 State budget debate, but many seniors and the disabled are still uncertain about just what was decided. Specifically, they want ...

Lengthy battle against N.J. property taxes must continue

Lengthy battle against N.J. property taxes must continue
BY PAUL MORIARTY
COMMENTARY

New Jersey recently struck a crucial blow in what will no doubt be a lengthy battle to once and for all slay runaway property taxes.

As a prime sponsor of this historic, bipar...

Alan Steinberg and NJEA to debate new 2 percent property tax cap on Ch. 9’s ‘New Jersey Now’

Alan Steinberg and NJEA to debate new 2 percent property tax cap on Ch. 9’s ‘New Jersey Now’

Governor's ‘took kit' proposal will also be a topic of discussion on the show hosted by Brenda Blackmon

NewJerseyNewsroom.com columnist Alan Steinberg will appear as a guest on the television show, "Ne...

Keeping focus on safety saves young lives

Keeping focus on safety saves young lives
BY ED FERNANDEZ
COMMENTARY

Tragic but true: The leading cause of death among American teenagers is automobile accidents — careless, senseless, preventable automobile accidents.[ 1 ] For teens, there is no...

What’s the deal with the N.J. homebuyer tax credit?

What’s the deal with the N.J. homebuyer tax credit?
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

So what's the deal with the New Jersey homebuyer tax credit ? This program would give homebuyers in the state a tax credit worth up to $15,000 spread over three years. The bi...

Newark police misconduct demonstrates a disturbing pattern and jeopardizes community safety

Newark police misconduct demonstrates a disturbing pattern and jeopardizes community safety
BY DEBORAH JACOBS
COMMENTARY

Three weeks ago, amid news of layoffs in Newark, the city and its taxpayers took yet another financial hit: a high dollar verdict for a former police officer mistreated by t...

N.J. property taxpayers are the winners with the two percent cap compromise

N.J. property taxpayers are the winners with the two percent cap compromise
BY STEPHEN SWEENEY
COMMENTARY

As the old saying goes, "It is better to bend than break."

In New Jersey politics, that thought hasn't been at the center of many policy debates. But when the issue is prope...

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez facing a tough road

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez facing a tough road
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

This has not been a good political year for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey). A June 17, 2010 Quinnipiac Poll reported that New Jersey voter...

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