Buono: Public Deserves Full Airing Of NJN Proposal

TRENTON — Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) today released the following statement on the agreement between the state and WNET that would hand-over New Jersey’s public broadcasting capabilities to the New York station:

“Just because the governor stands up and says, ‘The deal is done,’ doesn’t mean that everyone should jump to rubber stamp it. Any deal, especially one conceived behind closed doors and formulated in private, deserves a full public airing.

“Residents have relied on NJN to fill the news and programming void created by the lack of coverage of our hometowns by other stations. They need every assurance that any successor station will retain a truly Jersey focus, and that this proposal actually is structured to deliver on its promises.

“We have time to give this plan careful review, and I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to provide that open public forum. Above all, NJN’s driving mission of creating an informed and educated New Jersey must be continued and protected.”