With Election 2017 now only four weeks away, Save Jerseyans, Kim Guadagno and her Democrat rival to succeed Chris Christie – Goldman Sachs alum Phil Murphy – will finally square off this Tuesday in the first of two televised gubernatorial campaign debates.
Debate #1 is scheduled for 7 p.m. on October 1oth live from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. WABC in New York, WPVI in Philadelphia, and Univision will carry the broadcast.
Debate #2 will be hosted by William Paterson University in Wayne at 8 p.m. on October 18th.
In between? The combatants for lieutenant governor — Carlos Rendo (R) and Sheila Oliver (d) — will debate October 16th at 8 p.m. on the grounds of Montclair State University.
No third party candidates will participate in any of the debates since none of the have met the $430,000 fundraising threshold require to qualify for this year’s debates.
New Jersey’s gubernatorial election is one of only two in America this cycle (Virginia is the other). The Republican Guadagno’s deficit margin has ranged from the teens (in public polling) to just 7-points in Trump Pollster Adam Geller’s internal tracking as of late. The consensus opinion among the punditocracy is that it’s a closer race than anticipated notwithstanding Murphy’s consistent lead.