The major party candidates for New Jersey governor are set to meet in their second, and final, televised debate before Election Day. The first debate, on Sept. 28, between Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli was a tense affair, with the candidates trading barbs over Murphy’s response to Tropical Storm Ida, the COVID-19 death toll in the state’s nursing homes, vaccine mandates, and abortion, among other issues. Since then, both candidates’ ad campaigns have continued their hard-hitting approach.
The 60-minute debate, presented by NJ PBS, Rowan University, and public radio station WNYC 93.9 FM and 820 AM, will take place live on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. at Rowan University in Glassboro. It will be moderated by David Cruz, senior political correspondent at NJ Spotlight News; Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight News’ senior writer and projects editor; Ben Dworkin, founding director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship, and WNYC’s Morning Edition host Michael Hill. Briana Vannozzi of NJ Spotlight News is scheduled to anchor the live coverage.
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