Christie defends NJN successor

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie said New Jersey Television (NJTV), which replaced New Jersey Network a few weeks ago, is doing a decent job reporting the news of the state.

“The coverage is generally pretty good for the moment,” he said during a press conference today.

He said the slow news cycle and lack of a full-fledged staff may be hindering it from reaching its full potential immediately.

“Once they get a full staff, they should get better,” he said. “It will sort itself out over the course of time.”

He added, though, he prefers the long-form interviews with state officials, over the “short sound-bite” type news shows, adding that they are more informative.

He said patience is key for viewers before forming a full opinion.

“Let’s give them time.”

Some Democrats, like Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-3) of Paulsboro, blasted NJTV a few weeks ago over its news programming.

The state negotiated a five-year deal to have WNET take over for NJN, but from the beginning Democrats criticized the deal, in particular because they were concerned there would be a lack of New Jersey-centric news programming. Christie defends NJN successor