TRENTON – PolitickerNJ/State Street Wire caught up with New Jersey Network’s leading newsman Michael Aron shortly after the state Senate failed to garner enough votes to prevent NJN’s takeover by New York-based WNET.
The failed resolution would have disapproved a contract that will allow WNET to take over the longtime New Jersey public television network’s operations.
The immediate reaction:
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Aron said. “There’s been so much intrigue around this that I haven’t had time to process our demise. In a perverse way, it’s kind of exciting to cover. It’s about us.”
About keeping focus on the job:
“We were at the center of New Jersey’s political drama. It’s been a challenge. But in the end, I decided to cover it like a big story.”
About his future plans:
“I really don’t know. I’ve been a journalist for 41 years. It’s all I know. But I’m looking forward to the time off. Quite frankly, if we did get a reprieve, I don’t know how we would have kept on going. We’re all exhausted, drained, demoralized, and angry.”