The New Jersey Globe will sponsor the first two debates in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor of New Jersey next year, one in January and the other in February.
The first debate will air live on 77 WABC on Saturday, January 23 at 5:00 PM as part of the New Jersey Globe Power Hour. The debate will be available later that evening on the New Jersey Globe and 77 WABC websites.
The second debate will be on Sunday, February 28 at 9:00 PM and will be streamed to the New Jersey Globe website and on its social media platforms: Facebook, You Tube, Twitter and LinkedIn.
The New Jersey Globe has set criteria for participation in each gubernatorial debate.
There will be two pathways to qualify for the January 23 radio debate on 77 WABC: (1) by qualifying for public financing from the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission; or (2) by receiving endorsements from either two Republican county chairs or twelve Republican municipal chairs with at least one from each of six counties.
Two of the candidates, Jack Ciattarelli and Doug Steinhardt, have met the criteria and have agreed to participate in the debate.
A third announced candidate, Hirsh Singh, has been notified of the debate and the criteria. He has not yet qualified. The deadline for qualification is Friday, January 15 at 4 PM.
Criteria for the February 28 debate will be announced later.
Both debates will be moderated by David Wildstein, the editor of the New Jersey Globe.
“While many campaigns have found alternative ways of speaking directly to voters online during the coronavirus pandemic, the ability to observe how candidates interact with their opponents is an important component to helping voters make an informed choice,” said Kevin Sanders, the general manager of the New Jersey Globe. “This is especially important as party organizations prepare to endorse candidates prior to the April filing deadline.”
“As New Jersey’s leader in hosting debates in the most carefully watched races in the state, the New Jersey Globe is pleased to present early debates at a time when attention is just beginning to focus on the race for governor,” said Sanders.
The winner of the 2021 GOP gubernatorial primary is expected to face the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Phil Murphy.