For immediate release:
UPDATED October 7, 2020
Debate will be broadcast on NJTV and streamed on University and Network sites and social media; Public questions to be considered for inclusion during the debate can be submitted by email and social media
Atlantic City, N.J. – The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University and NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, are co-sponsoring a live debate between 2nd Congressional District candidates, Democrat challenger Amy Kennedy and Republican incumbent Jeff Van Drew, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 and are asking the public’s help with question ideas for the candidates. Watch the debate online here.
Questions may be submitted via email at NJDecides@njspotlightnews.org and on Twitter using the hashtags #CD2Debate and #NJDecides2020. The debate’s editorial team will consider all questions and use at their discretion throughout the event.
The debate, televised from the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room at the Stockton Atlantic City campus, will be aired live on NJTV (check local listings). NJTV will also stream the event on its news division site at NJSpotlightNews.org, its NJ Spotlight News YouTube Channel, as well as its social media accounts; in addition, Stockton will stream the debate on the Hughes Center website.
John Froonjian, executive director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton, will moderate the debate. Panelists NJTV News Anchor Briana Vannozzi, NJTV News Sr. Correspondent David Cruz and NJ Spotlight Editor-at-large Colleen O’Dea will pose questions to the candidates. After the debate, NJTV News Anchor & Correspondent Michael Hill will moderate post-debate analysis discussion with NJTV’s Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron.
“The Hughes Center applauds NJTV and NJ Spotlight for helping to provide a true public service to the voters of the 2nd District,” Froonjian said. “This race offers a clear choice and has serious local and national implications. Debates like this allow voters an up-close opportunity to evaluate the candidates.”
“Only public television would showcase a political event like this in primetime and across multi-platform channels so all of New Jersey can learn more about these candidates during this critical election,” said NJTV Senior Managing Editor Jamie Kraft. “This debate will be ‘must-see’ TV, and is a cornerstone of NJTV’s ongoing, comprehensive election season coverage.”
The 2nd District Congressional race in southern New Jersey is considered one of the most competitive in the country.
Van Drew is completing his first term as a U.S. Congressman after serving for years in local and state government as a moderate Democrat. He made national news in December 2019 when he switched parties from Democrat to Republican. He recently spoke at the Republican National Convention.
Amy Kennedy is a former teacher and mental health advocate who is running for office for the first time. She is married to former U.S. Congressman from Rhode Island Patrick J. Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will not have public attendees.
(Credentialed press interested in attending the debate in person must RSVP to Diane D’Amico at Diane.D’Amico@stockton.edu to ensure COVID-19 protocols are followed. Media guidelines will be provided.)
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 PBS series such as Nature, NOVA, Amanpour and Company, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George, as well as diverse local programs including Reporters Roundtable, Here’s the Story, Treasures of New Jersey, Drive By History, One-on-One with Steve Adubato and State of the Arts. The network’s flagship news broadcast, NJTV News with Briana Vannozzi, and its affiliate NJ Spotlight work in tandem to provide multi-platform reporting from across the Garden State while also producing live news specials and hosting roundtable discussions. NJTV’s website offers online programs and free digital resources for educators via PBS LearningMedia New Jersey. Visit njtvonline.org to learn more.
About the Hughes Center
The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University serves as a catalyst for research, analysis and innovative policy solutions on the economic, social and cultural issues facing New Jersey. The Center is named for the late Ambassador William J. Hughes, whose distinguished career included service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ambassador to Panama and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Stockton College. The Hughes Center can be found at facebook.com/StocktonHughesCenter and can be followed on Twitter: @hughescenter.
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Diane D’Amico Deb Falk
Director of News and Media Relations Director of Communications