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Layoff Notices Sent Out At NJN

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) — More than a hundred staffers at the New Jersey Network have received layoff notices, in light of plans by the Christie administration to cut off funding for the public broadcasting entity in about a month and a half.

Their fate is very much in limbo right now. There’s been no action on Christie’s plan to make NJN an independent entity, nor on the legislature’s recommandations to make that happen.

Janice Selinger is the network’s acting executive director.

“The mood is difficult, but I do have to say our staff has just been unbelievably professional,” she said on Wednesday.

Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for Governor Christie, says they’re working on it at the capitol.

“The administration is working with the legislature to implement the transition process,” he said.

But time is running out to keep the four television stations and Trenton-based radio station on the air. Selinger is confident that will happen, but how — and who will be in charge — are questions left unanswered.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  • NJDruid

    It’s about time. If the station is a good as a very few people think, they should be able to raise enough funds to stand on their own. Governors, both Democrats and Republicans, have been reducing the funding for years. This is not a just a Christie thing. If they find a way to keep the station going without taxpayers, they should also collect rent from the station for the facilities that the State is currently providing them with.

  • Stephanie Patterson

    That’s right, Christie – shut down public television and anything else cultural or (worse yet for you) any program or medial outlet that would cause people to THINK. Make NJ illiterate and culturally dead.

  • Tim Pfister

    I can never recall when NJN held a fund-raiser to bring in money to support there own people, instead suck the NJ taxpayer blind…Good for Christie, for shutting down another blood sucking scheme.

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