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Phil Murphy and Jack Ciattarelli debate on September 28, 2021. (Photo: Kevin Sanders For New Jersey Globe)

How to watch the Murphy/Ciattarelli debate

By David Wildstein, October 12 2021 1:30 am

The two major party candidates for Governor of New Jersey, Democratic incumbent Phil Murphy and Republican Jack Ciattarelli, will meet on Tuesday night for the last of two head-to-head matchups.

The debate will be held at 8 PM on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro.  The debate is sponsored by NJ PBS, Rowan University and WNYC 93.9 FM and 820 AM.  It will be broadcast live on NJ PBS, and on YouTube.

This will be the first New Jersey public television debate since 1985 without Michael Aron, the irreplaceable senior political correspondent who entered semi-retirement in 2020.

NJ Spotlight reporters David Cruz and Colleen O’Dea, Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship director Ben Dworkin and WNYC’s Morning Edition host Michael Hill will serve as moderators.  Briana Vannozzi of NJ PBS will anchor the live coverage.

The first debate between Ciattarelli, a former assemblyman from Somerset County, and Murphy was held on September 28.    Their running mates, former State Sen. Diane Allen and incumbent Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, met in their first and only debate on October 5 in a forum sponsored by the New Jersey Globe, the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics at Rider University, and Project Ready.

Three other candidates – Madelyn Hoffman of the Green Party, Joanne Kuniansky of the Socialist Workers Party, and Gregg Mele of the Libertarian Party – will also be on the ballot in November, they did not meet fundraising thresholds determined by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission and thus were not invited to participate in official debates.


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