NJ lawmakers tune out when choosing a state song

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - 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

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