NJ Broadcasters Want Trooper Union President Fired
May 8, 2007 at 9:58 AM (PT)
The NEW JERSEY BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION is calling for NEW JERSEY state troopers' union President DAVID JONES to be fired for his actions disclosing MILLENNIUM Talk WKXW (NEW JERSEY 101.5)/TRENTON "JERSEY GUYS" host CRAIG CARTON's personal information in retaliation for the station's reports on the alleged ticket blitz planned by troopers. JONES called a press conference to denounce the station and announced CARTON's address and license plate number, threatening more disclosures.
NJBA President PHIL ROBERTS called JONES' actions "an inexcusable use of excessive power by a state official who was angry at a radio personality expressing his free speech rights. If he disagreed with the broadcasters, the trooper could easily have appeared on the air and expressed his disagreement. However, JONES obviously feels that he is above the law, and held a news conference to release the private information and place the air personality and his family in possible danger.
"Further, JONES threatened to release the same information belonging to the co-host of the program, RAY ROSSI, and the Executives of MILLENNIUM RADIO NEW JERSEY, owners of the Broadcast Station.
"There is no excuse for Trooper JONES’ action and we demand that he be terminated immediately, not as only punishment for him, but as a warning to any other official that chooses to take the law into their own hands when they disagree with something being said on the radio or TV. In this case, CARTON revealed the obvious news story about some troopers threatening a ticketing blitz on the Trooper’s web site.
"Freedom of speech is guaranteed to all citizens by our constitution and because some one makes his or her living talking on the radio or TV they are entitled to the same protections."