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League of Women Voters says no one’s ‘officially declined’ debate in LD1

Some disagreement on debate format, non-partisan group says

By Nikita Biryukov, September 20 2019 1:08 pm

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Editor’s Note: After this story was published, Robinson clarified that the LWV was in negotiations to arrange a debate with candidates for Senate and Assembly, not just Assembly. This story has been updated to reflect that clarification.

The League of Women Voters of Cape May County said neither State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak nor Cumberland County GOP chairman Michael Testa had “officially declined” to appear at a debate moderated by the organization.

“The League of Women Voters of Cape May County is currently in negotiations to arrange a debate between the candidates running for Senate and Assembly in the First Legislative District. The candidates have disagreed on proposed formats, but have not officially declined our invitation,” Cape May LWV Vice President Corrinne Robinson said. “We will continue to work with both parties to provide an informative, fair, and educational candidates event that serves New Jersey’s voters.”

Over the past several days, Testa and Andrzejczak have lobbed attacks at one another over their debate schedule.

Andrzejczak’s campaign said Testa rejected a debate because of the format.

Testa said he had never turned down a “real debate,” adding that he and his team were working to schedule debates moderated by the Cape May LWV and other groups, jabbing the senator over his refusal to attend a debate moderated by conservative radio host Harry Hurley.

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2 thoughts on “League of Women Voters says no one’s ‘officially declined’ debate in LD1

  1. In Wayne Township NJ the league was locked out of municipal chambers by mayor Vergano (r) because one R candidate refused to even show up on debate night at the last minute, and so the mayor decided that he would unilaterally cancel any debate.

    Thats how R’s roll in Wayne Township. If ya cant debate em flip the table over.

    Jezsayn

    1. Same thing happened in Mendham Township in 2018, Reps pretended there was no League of Women Voters and had one of their friends moderate it.

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