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Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli, left, and the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photos: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.)

How to watch tonight’s debate

By Joey Fox, September 28 2021 12:01 am

New Jersey’s major-party gubernatorial candidates, Gov. Phil Murphy and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, will at long last meet head-to-head today at the first of two gubernatorial debates.

The debate will be at 7 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. It will be moderated by Sade Baderinwa of WABC-TV, Jim Gardner of WPVI-TV, Adriana Vargas-Sino of Univision, and NJ Advance Media reporter Amanda Hoover. 

In addition to the channels and news organizations sending moderators, Twitter, 6-ABC Philadelphia, WBGO-FM, and the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration are also partners in the debate.

The debate will be broadcast live on WABC-TV and WPVI-TV; the audio will be broadcast on WHYY radio and WCTC radio; and it will be live-streamed on NJ.com, on WABC and WPVI’s streaming apps, and on Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, and Hulu.

While 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.

A week from tomorrow, on October 5, the New Jersey Globe will host its own lieutenant gubernatorial debate in conjunction with its partners, the Rebovich Institute of Politics at Rider University and Project Ready. 

The lieutenant gubernatorial debate will be held at 7 p.m. at Rider University in Lawrenceville, and will be live-streamed via the New Jersey Globe, Facebook Live, Twitter, Youtube, and LinkedIn. It will also be rebroadcast on 77 WABC radio.

Finally, the second gubernatorial debate will be held in Glassboro at 8 p.m. on October 12. Among its partners are NJ PBS, NJ Spotlight News, the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship at Rowan University, New York Public Radio, WNYC, and Gothamist.

This story was updated at 11:59 a.m. with information about streaming today’s debate.

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