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Christie Expects NJN To Stay On Air

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (credit: NJ Governor’s Office)

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Viewers and listeners will likely continue to see and hear New Jersey Network into the new year.

Gov. Chris Christie tells The Star-Ledger of Newark he’s willing to reverse his plan and extend the deadline to give time for the state to work out a deal with potential suitors.

The station’s state subsidy of about $11 million is to end on New Year’s Day. But that deadline could be extended if lawmakers approve a bill for negotiations with a private entity to begin.

Christie originally wanted the station sold or its license transferred. Now the administration wants the state to retain the license and enter an agreement for others to provide content.

Layoff notices were sent to NJN’s 130 workers last month.

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