Democrat Mikie Sherrill is challenging her GOP opponent to three debates as she seeks to flip the 11th district seat of retiring 12-term Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen.
Sherrill says she wants to debate Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) at the Ogdensburg Historical Society Candidate Night in Sussex County on October 9, at a televised debate on NJTV on October 10, and at a televised debate sponsored by the Wayne League of Women Voters on October 11.
“This campaign is about bringing new leadership to Congress,” said Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor. “Our families deserve a Representative who is focused on improving their quality of life and New Jersey’s economy. I look forward to the opportunity to debate Assemblyman Webber and to share my vision of a bright future for our families.”
The Webber campaign said they had sought to debate Sherrill in recent months, but without success.
“She ducked a joint appearance on Chasing News over the summer and she didn’t respond to an invitation to debate immigration issues after she organized a rally where the abolition of ICE was called for,” said Ronica Cleary, a Webber spokesperson. “We are looking forward to debates that contrast Jay’s optimistic and confident vision on taxes, jobs, and the direction of our country with Mikie’s pessimism, negativity, and hypocrisy on those issues and more.”
It’s possible that additional candidate forums can be added, including a debate sponsored by NorthJersey.com.