The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) today selected partnerships led by NJ
Performing Arts Center and Public Media NJ Inc. (NJ PBS) to each host a gubernatorial general election debate
The Commission also picked NJ Globe and partners to sponsor the lieutenant gubernatorial debate.
The gubernatorial debates will feature Democratic Governor Phil Murphy, who is running for reelection,
and Republican nominee Jack Ciattarelli. Both candidates are participants in a long-standing state program that
provides public matching funds to candidates who limit their spending and agree to participate in two debates.
Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver is running for reelection along with Murphy. Ciattarelli has not yet
named a running mate.
Debates must be held between September 21 and October 22. Final dates and times will be disclosed after
debate sponsors confer with the candidates.
The first gubernatorial debate will be held at NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark. Its partners include
WABC-TV, WPVI-TV, 6-ABC Philadelphia, Twitter, Univision, WBGO-FM, NJ Advance Media
(www.nj.com), and Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration
at Rutgers University.
The second gubernatorial debate will be held at Rowan University in Glassboro and sponsored by Public
Media NJ, Inc. (NJ PBS), NJ Spotlight News, Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship at Rowan
University, New York Public Radio, WNYC & The Gothamist.
The lieutenant governor’s debate will be hosted at Rider University in Lawrenceville by New Jersey
Globe, News 12 New Jersey, Rebovich Institute of Politics at Rider University, and Project Ready.
The three winners were chosen from five applicants.