As the franchise reform bill reaches its final throes in the New Jersey Statehouse, that state’s cable operators will have to find a new leader for their trade association.
Karen Alexander, who has headed the New Jersey Cable Telecommunications Association for eight years, has accepted a job with the New Jersey Utilities Association. That trade group represents investor-owned utilities providing gas, electric, waste-water and, ironically, telephone services.
Alexander said the timing of her new job, and her departure date, are coincidental. “Someone reached out to me” from the other association, she said.
“A lot of what I have been doing I will continue doing, just on different issues,” she added.
She left May 31. The state’s operators are discussing among themselves a possible replacement. Alexander said she will not be a part of that process.
Meanwhile, the franchise reform bill on which she has been so intensely lobbying will go back to the state Senate in Trenton on June 19 for reconciliation.
If the chamber makes no changes, it will go to the governor’s office, where Democrat Jon Corzine will have 45 days to act on it. Corzine has the option of issuing a “conditional veto” that would send the bill back to the legislature.