NJ lawmakers tune out a state song

February 3, 2009 5:54:01 AM PST
New Jersey lawmakers are singing the same old tune - nothing.

They put off a vote Monday on choosing four state songs, leaving the state the only one without an official ditty.

A state Senate panel considered a bill that would have adopted an official state anthem, children's song, popular song and ballad.

Republican Sen. Kevin O'Toole derided the bill for proposing several songs instead of one. Democratic Sen. Loretta Weinberg says the state should solve the economic crisis instead.

Efforts to adopt a state song date to 1960. The committee didn't say when it would discuss the measure again.

New Jersey has struggled with its identity before. It held an ultimately unsuccessful contest in 2005 to determine a state slogan.

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