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New Jersey Globe announces State Senate debate schedule

Mike Pappas and Andrew Zwicker will take part in an unmoderated debate inspired by The West Wing

By David Wildstein, October 04 2021 10:57 am

The New Jersey Globe will host debates in three of the state’s most closely-watched races for the New Jersey State Senate on three Sunday nights in October, including a self-moderated debate in the 16th district between Republican Michael Pappas and Democrat Andrew Zwicker inspired by the Santos/Vinick debate The West Wing.

The three debates will be held on Sunday evenings at 9 PM and will be live streamed on the New Jersey Globe and on social media sites:

* October 10: Senate candidates in the 16th legislative district, Pappas and Zwicker.  Pappas, a former Republican congressman, and Zwicker, a three-term Democratic assemblyman, are competing for the seat of retiring GOP State Sen. Christopher Bateman.

* October 17: Senate candidates in the 2nd legislative district, Vince Mazzeo and Vince Polistina.  Mazzeo is a four-term Democratic assemblyman.  Polistina, a former GOP assemblyman, won a special election for the senate over the summer to fill a vacant Republican seat, but has not yet been sworn in.

* October 24; Senate candidates in the 8th legislative district, Dawn Addiego and Jean Stanfield.  Addiego, the incumbent, was elected as a Republican but switched parties in January 2019 and is on the ballot for the first time as a Democrat.  Stanfield,  a former six-term Burlington County Sheriff, is completing her first term as a Republican assemblywoman.

The debates will be moderated by New Jersey Globe editor David Wildstein.

In the Pappas/Zwicker debate, the moderator will play an extraordinarily limited role. 

This one-hour debate will instead be a conversation between the two candidates about critical issues facing the state of New Jersey.  This format will allow candidates to listen and respond to each other.  The topics that are raised, the tone, and the civility of this debate, will be entirely up to the two candidates. 

This format offers a serious, honest, high-minded dialogue and perhaps allows voters a glimpse as to how their next senator might conduct themselves over the next two years.

The moderator will ask the first question and will only participate  in the event that this debate requires moderation. 

Lt. Governor Debate

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has selected the New Jersey Globe, the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics at Rider University and Project Ready to sponsor the first and only debate between the two major party candidates for lieutenant governor of New Jersey: Republican Diane Allen and Democrat Sheila Oliver.

Wildstein will moderate the debate and will be joined by panelists Micah Rasmussen, the director of the Rebovich Institute,and Project Ready CEO Shennell McCloud.

The debate will be broadcast live on Tuesday, October 5 at 7 PM on the New Jersey Globe website and on social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  The debate will be rebroadcast on Saturday, October 9 on Talk Radio 77 WABC at 4 PM.

The New Jersey Globe will also sponsor a debate for the three independent candidates for Lt. Governor on Monday, October 11, at 9 PM.  Participating will be Green Party candidate Heather Warburton, Libertarian Party candidate Eveline Brownstein, and Socialist Workers Party candidate Vivian Sahner. 

New Jersey Globe reporter Joey Fox will moderate the independent Lt. Governor debate between Warburton, Brownstein and Sahner.

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