NEWARK, N.J. {WPIX} -- Spike TV says it's going to rework promotional ads for a new reality TV series that label Newark, New Jersey as "one of the most dangerous cities in America."

The radio ads promote the original Spike TV series called "DEA." It documents the trials and tribulations of federal narcotics agents in Newark and Northern New Jersey as they go about their workday.

The network decided to pull the ads after a public outcry from state and local officials questioned the accuracy of the radio promos. Senator Richard Codey were among the critics who said the ads distorted the facts.

In a letter to the show's executive producer, Codey wrote, "Describing Newark as 'one of America's most dangerous cities' is a slap in the face to all of the hardworking law enforcement and city officials that have helped bring out double-digit decreases in crime over the last several years."

Spike TV spokeswoman Debra Fazio-Rutt confirmed the immediate removal of the ads Thursday.

According to the latest available statistics, violent crime overall in Newark has been on the down turn since 2006, with homicides down a third from 2007 to 2008.