Media contacts:
Deb Falk, NJTV

Erika Bleiberg, MSU

Live Debate, moderated by NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron at Montclair State University’s Presentation Hall, will be broadcast and livestreamed on NJTV

October 5, 2017 – MONTCLAIR, NJ – NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, and Montclair State University, the state’s second largest public institution of higher education, will present the New Jersey Lieutenant Gubernatorial Debate on Monday, October 16 at 8 p.m. in the University’s new School of Communication and Media building’s state-of-the-art Presentation Hall.

Moderated by NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron, the debate will square off Democratic candidate Phil Murphy’s running mate, ex-Essex County freeholder, ex-Assembly speaker and current State Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver with Republican candidate Kim Guadagno’s running mate, attorney and Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo. The broadcast, titled NJ Decides 2017: The Lieutenant Gubernatorial Debate, will run 90 minutes, with 60 minutes of debate time.

Coverage of the debate broadcast will include commentary and analysis anchored by NJTV News anchor Mary Alice Williams and correspondent Michael Hill. NJTV News Senior Correspondent David Cruz will contribute with additional questions. Leading up to the debate, NJTV’s weeknight news program, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, will be broadcast from the University’s News Center, also in the School of Communication and Media.

The debate will be livestreamed at njtvnews.org and on Facebook Live. The debate broadcast will be repeated on-air at 11 p.m. that evening (check local listings on NJTV’s website: http://bit.ly/WatchNJTV

Have a question for the candidates? Send questions for consideration to Debates@NJTVNews.org or on Twitter and Facebook with #NJLGDebate.

Media are welcome to embed NJTV’s livestream coverage with credit to NJTV/Montclair State University. All constituents can follow and join in on debate discussion on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #NJLGdebate.

A filing room for press will be available adjacent to Presentation Hall, where journalists can watch the televised event and campaign representatives are expected to make themselves available for interview after the debate.

Press coverage details:
• Press planning to attend the NJTV-Montclair State Lieutenant Gubernatorial Debate in-person should pre-register with:
Deb Falk, NJTV Director of Communications, Falkd@njtvonline.org; 973-233-8862 or
Erika Bleiberg, Montclair State University Director of Media Relations, bleiberge@montclair.edu; 973-722-5917
• Press should check in upon arrival at the School of Communication and Media.
• Press will have a separate viewing area adjacent to Presentation Hall.
• Pool photos will be provided by NJ Advance Media. No outside photographers, videographers or audio allowed in the Debate forum.
• No video or audio simulcast is allowed during the debate. All outlets will have access to debate footage through the NJTV News website after the conclusion of the debate. At that time, it can be embedded on any website. Audio/video bites may be extracted and used with an NJTV/MSU courtesy.
• After the debate, post-interviews with candidates that opt to participate will be made available in the press room. Flash photography, video and audio is allowed in the post-debate interview area.


About NJTV
NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to all 21 counties in New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors. NJTV presents acclaimed PBS series such as Nature, Charlie Rose and BBC World News America and children’s programs with diverse local programs including American Songbook at NJPAC, On the Record with Michael Aron, Driving Jersey/Here’s the Story, NJDocs, Due Process, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Classroom Close-Up NJ and State of the Arts. The network’s flagship news broadcast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, features stories from across the Garden State. NJTV, headquartered at the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in Newark, with additional studio space at New Jersey City University and remote cameras at university content bureaus across the state, strives to engage the community and increase public awareness of critical local issues. Its community outreach initiatives include In Your Neighborhood, which combines live on-location broadcasts, special programming and community engagement events to spotlight some of New Jersey’s most dynamic places and Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis, combining community forums, news reporting and a resource-driven website to help combat the state’s heroin and opioid overdose crisis. The NJTV website offers online programs and free digital resources for educators.

NJTV is comprised of WNJN, WNJS, WNJB and WNJT, which collectively broadcast throughout New Jersey. NJTV is operated under an agreement with the State of New Jersey by Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ), a non-profit affiliate of WNET, parent company of award-winning New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21.

About Montclair State University
Montclair State University is a research doctoral institution ranked in the top tier of national universities. Building on a distinguished history dating back to 1908, the University today has 10 colleges and schools that serve more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair State delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated and diverse academic environment. montclair.edu