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Don't touch that dial

A cliffhanger for Christie's NJN proposal?

Don't touch that dial

His prized pension/benefits reform package must still be approved by the N.J. Senate, but Gov. Chris Christie savored victory Friday.

He may need to postpone celebrating another longtime Republican dream: The dismantling of that supposedly socialist, if not Soviet, enterprise most people know as public broadcasting.

Christie wants to turn New Jersey Network’s television operations to New York’s WNET, and sell off NJN’s radio stations to public broadcasters in New York and Philly.

Democrats in the N.J. Assembly have thrown cold water on Christie's NJN fire sale, despite promises of more and better all-Jersey all-the-time programs for viewers to enjoy.

The governor may prevail yet again, however: Seems his NJN proposal carries the equivalent of a reverse poison pill.

If the deal is not executed by the end of the fiscal year June 30, according to state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, New Jersey’s 40-year-old public broadcasting system will “cease to exist.”

Kevin Riordan Inquirer Columnist
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