NJ Gov. Christy: cable TV not a 'constitutional right'

Tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thinks a bill to help low income senior citizens and disabled people pay for cable TV is "a dumb idea" and the $9.2 million earmarked for it--collected from taxes on cable TV operators--is on the "endangered list" when it comes to his proposed budget.

"To have the taxpayers of New Jersey pay for cable TV, I mean seriously, has cable TV become a constitutional right now that we are going to pay for, in this time of budget constraints?" Christie said.

What he didn't say is what will become of the $9.2 million already raised via taxes on cable TV providers. It's probably not going back to the operators and the consumers who paid it, because Christie's administration used it to help close a cable-unrelated budget deficit.

For more:
- NJ.com has this story

Related articles:
Verizon, cable operators want satellite to pay NJ taxes; Avnet to purchase Broadband Integrated Resources
Texas lawmakers ponder eliminating franchise fees

Suggested Articles

The big four U.S. wireless carriers don't practice their video throttling uniformly.

When Charter and Disney earlier this week announced their new carriage agreement, they included news about cooperatively working against video piracy, which…

Cord cutters who opt for streaming video services instead of traditional pay TV will inevitably increase their broadband consumption. But some new research…