Assemblywoman Joan Quigley expressed concern today that if the Legislature does not approve the WNET/NJN deal, then on July 1 the network may “go dark.’’
“You have your hands around our throats,’’ she said to Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, because the state has made no budget appropriation for fiscal year 2012 for NJN, the layoff notices have gone out, and even if the Legislature put money in the budget for NJN the governor could veto it.
The treasurer said he did not want to comment on a hypothetical but he agreed with Quigley “there is no Plan B’’ if this deal is not approved by July 1.
He did say the state would do what it has to to maintain its status as licensee under FCC regulations.
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman echoed the concern about the fate of the deal, stating there are too many uncertainties in it.
Quigley said the lawmakers essentially will have 15 days to scrutinize a deal that encompasses 2,300 pages and is very complex.