NJ Assembly votes to stop NJN takeover deal

The state Assembly has moved to block a deal to transfer operations of New Jersey's state-owned television station to one of New York's largest public

TRENTON - The state Assembly has moved to block a deal to transfer operations of New Jersey's state-owned television station to one of New York's largest public broadcasting stations.

In a 45-30 vote, the Assembly passed a resolution last night to block the transfer to WNET-TV. The transfer is set to go into effect July 1.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who believes the state doesn't need and can't afford its own television station, eliminated funding for New Jersey Network from his proposed 2012 budget.

The state treasurer negotiated the transfer agreement, but the Legislature has the right to nullify it by June 28. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure Monday.

Christie: PBS station in New York to take over NJNAP wire services contributed to this report.

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