TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – NJN, New Jersey’s public television station, is no more. New Jersey Senate Democrats failed to block Governor Chris Christie’s efforts to allow New York based WNET to run the station.

As of July 1st, NJN will now become NJT. News Director Michael Aron, who has been with NJN for 30 years, says he hopes the new station will give New Jersey the type of news coverage it deserves.

“I hope they continue to get good news coverage. I want to see what our successors at WNET can provide.”

Anchor Jim Hooker said he was choked up as he delivered his final words on air.

“My voice quavered when I said something about serving New Jersey. It reminded me of when I gave my mother’s eulogy and it is the hardest thing I’ve done since that.”

Nearly all of the 120 NJN employees will be laid off on Friday.

Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio

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