Assemblyman Blasts NJTV For Showing Cartoon Instead Of Christie Press Conference

Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan

TRENTON – Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. blasted NJTV for failing to cover Gov. Chris Christie’s press conference this afternoon. While the governor was announcing that he would not run for president, the successor to NJN followed its regular broadcast schedule and showed a children’s cartoon.

“This was a huge day for New Jersey, one in which our governor was announcing he would not be running for president of our great country,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “Whether you support our governor’s policies or not, this was an event of great interest to the people of New Jersey and something many would want to view first-hand.

“I myself turned to NJTV to view their live coverage, but you know what I got – the ‘Angelina Ballerina’ cartoon,” Diegnan said. “This station has been an embarrassment, and was supposed to be improved by now. It remains inept. Clearly, this experiment has been a failure.”

“Since the Governor has decided to continue to serve the citizens of New Jersey, I suggest he start by directing his legal staff to nullify the contract with NJTV,” Diegnan concluded.

Under a deal struck by the state with a subsidiary of New York-based WNET/Channel 13, Public Media NJ began operating the NJTV network, which replaces NJN, on July 1. The new network is required to produce a nightly news show, but did not have to establish a New Jersey studio or place reporters around the state.

Democrats have been opposed to the transfer of operations and tried to block the deal at the last minute. Some had previously criticized the station for offering minimal live coverage during Hurricane Irene.

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