NJ Assemblyman Wants NJTV’s Contract Scrapped

TRENTON, NJ (WCBS 880) – A New Jersey assemblyman is calling on the governor to scrap NJTV after what he calls an “unacceptable” lack of coverage of Gov. Chris Christie’s news conference on Tuesday.

Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan has been among those critical of NJTV.

In June, the New Jersey Network signed off and was replaced by a channel called NJTV, which is operated by WNET.

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On Tuesday, Diegnan says he wanted to watch Gov. Chris Christie’s news conference to see the governor’s decision on a presidential run.

“I decided to watch NJTV and actually TiVoed it because I wanted to save it for posterity,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

But he says to his surprise and disappointment, an “Angelina Ballerina” cartoon was on instead.

“We can laugh about it, but at this particular point, it’s beyond and embarrassment. It’s unacceptable,” he said.

He’s now calling on the governor to get rid of NJTV, saying taxpayers could still be on the hook to pay for 3/4 of the network’s costs.

Diegnan also says they had no flood coverage after Hurricane Irene.

What do you think should be done about NJTV? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  • Herbie Original Situation Raskin

    DUMP IT!!!!

  • Ronny

    The results of another typical republican move. They think you can cut a contract to the bone but still get good results. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR AND WHO YOU VOTE FOR!

  • Amused but not misled

    Sadly this is NOT NJN. Just a half-ass*d cheaper replacement.

    Like the Vietnam war was- do it right or don’t do it at al. The middle ground is a mess.

  • Richard Myszka

    NJTV is a poor replacement for the much appreciated and missed NJN. I used to plan my evening schedule so as to not miss the daily coverage of events presented by Jim Hooker, Michael Arons, Kent Monahan, Ed Rogers, etc. Instead, we now mainly have studio sitdown political analyses with very little of what is transpiring around our colorful state. What a disappointment!! I now get better coverage from the New York and Philadelphia stations.

  • SDH

    The cable news channels had wall-to-wall coverage of Christie’s comments and the Q&A session. But NJTV should have been there! Their news program is sub-par at best with coverage of doings in the Statehouse woefully lacking. Where are the expert reporters and editors in the style of Michael Aron and Jim Hooker? Ed Rogers’ features on the environment continue to be timely and informative but features in other crucial areas disappeared with NJN to be replaced by long, soft interviews with little-known locals. Very disappointing. These days we must look elsewhere to follow what our elected state officials are up to.

  • Srenco

    Yeah, more money. Just keep dumping millions and millions and millions of taxpayer money into government sponsored garbage that absolutely no one needs. That’s the answer, I’m sure.

  • Hank M.

    I liked the New Jersey network the way it was. It had a Jersey feel to it. Now it is just a cheap imitation of WNET in NY. Boring, boring, boring. I live in NY and very seldom watch WNET. I used to watch New Jersey Network all of the time.

  • Linda

    You have to be kidding. No, no, you are on drugs!

    • Amused but not misled

      Perhaps you may be under etheral dillusions?

      Do you actually know what their staff is? Check it out and you will think otherwise.

  • Amused but not misled

    Give them more money so they can have a proper staff.

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