NJN Will Be Sold To WNET After All

The New Jersey Senate didn’t block Governor Chris Christie’s plan to let WNET operate New Jersey Public Television beginning Friday, reports the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

While the state will still be on the hook for $2 million a year (which critics say invalidates the larger argument that NJ will be saving money), the bulk of the station’s $19 million operating budget will be paid by WNET.

WNET plans to hire a staff of 20 to 25 to cover Jersey news. The current staff…well, despite Christie’s initial plan to spin off the network without layoffs… the 120 staffers currently of NJN are signing off at the end of the week.