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NJ Gubernatorial Debate October 2017

posted Aug 21, 2017, 1:59 PM by Sandra Shapiro   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 1:59 PM ]
League of Women Voters of New Jersey and 
New Jersey Performing Arts Center to Co-Sponsor 
1st Official NJ Gubernatorial Debate
October 10, 2017

The first of two public debates between the Republican and Democratic candidates in the New Jersey gubernatorial race will be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J. on October 10, 2017.

The NJPAC debate between former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy (D) and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno (R) is co-sponsored by El Diario; Lead NJ; League of Women Voters of New Jersey; National Association of Latino Elected Officials; NJ Advance Media; NJBIZ Magazine; NJ Spotlight; Rutgers University; Twitter; WABC-TV, WADO-AM radio and Univision, all in New York; WBGO-FM radio, in Newark; and Univision65, WHYY-FM radio and WPVI-TV, all in Philadelphia. The debate will be broadcast on both ABC-TV affiliates and Univision, as well as on WBGO and WHYY.

"The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has a long and impressive history sponsoring debates at all levels of government, from school board to U.S. Senate," said Jesse Burns, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. "This wide ranging partnership will help us better serve NJ voters with a high quality, issue-oriented debate that will reach a remarkably large audience."

Twitter will broadcast the debate as a live feed from its website, enabling users of the platform to follow and interact in real time as Sade Baderinwa and Jim Gardner, of ABC's New York and Philadelphia affiliates, moderate questions asked by a panel of journalists.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission selected NJPAC as the site for the debate from among 12 applicants that included universities, media organizations and nonprofits.

"As the premier venue for important conversations about New Jersey politics, arts and education, NJPAC is a natural location to host the first debate, and we're proud to do so," said President and CEO John Schreiber. "With just two gubernatorial elections in America this year, nationwide interest in the New Jersey race is high," Schreiber said.
"Our broadcast partners will enable the entire country to not just watch and listen to the debate, but to actually participate as well."

The second gubernatorial debate will be hosted by William Paterson University. A debate between the candidates for lieutenant governor is to be held at Montclair State University.