TRENTON - A legislative task force says the state should no longer be in the business of running a public television and radio network.

Gov. Christie said this year that New Jersey cannot afford to operate New Jersey Network. His budget eliminated state funding for it after Dec. 31.

A report released Friday by the 10-member bipartisan task force created to study NJN's future basically endorsed Christie's plan to convert it from a government entity to an independent broadcast outlet.

The panel said the Legislature needs to create an entity to inventory NJN's assets and negotiate transfer of the licenses. The task force said that body also must ensure that a new operator continue to provide "Jersey-centric" programming. - AP