PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Layoffs at New Jersey’s public broadcasting station NJN have been suspended by Governor Chris Christie.

You might remember the announcement in September than more than 100 pink slips were sent out to network employees who were to be laid off on January 1st — well those notices are on hold, for now.

Governor Christie announced that NJN is making the transition from a tax payer subsidized organization to independently funded, and they’ll retain all staffers during that process.

He says this allows New Jersey focused programming to continue uninterrupted while the transition to a free-standing institution is completed.

The state treasury department will calculate assets for potential buyers, but NJN will continue to be a public network and several state lawmakers will serve on the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority to oversee operation.

Reported By Mike Dougherty, KYW Newsradio.

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