Sierra Club Opposes Sale Of NJN

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STATE – The Sierra Club of New Jersey has come out against the potential sale and privatization of NJN, New Jersey’s public television network.

The group compares the television network to the state’s beaches, forests and parks, saying that they benefit all New Jersey residents and are valuable state resources. The Sierra Club also points to the network’s role of being a voice for New Jersey citizens and holding government accountable.

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“We are concerned that this will lead to more government behind closed doors and limit the ability of the citizens of New Jersey to understand what’s happening in Trenton and with their government,” said Jeff Tittel, NJ Sierra Club director. “With the decline of many media outlets, like newspapers, NJN has become more important for people to better understand to the environment and the world around them.”

The Sierra Club fears that if the network is sold and privatized, it will lose its independence. The group argues that NJN should be given time to develop and implement a financial plan for self-sufficiency.

The state currently pays an $11 million subsidy to NJN, but Gov. Chris Christie has proposed privatizing the public television network to help solve New Jersey’s budget problems.

“If this goes through, then NJN will mean No Jersey Network,” Tittel said. “That hurts the public ability to understand what’s going on in their government.”


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