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William Paterson University Selected to Host New Jersey Gubernatorial Debate in Early October

William Paterson University was selected by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission to host one of the two planned gubernatorial debates this fall. The debate will be held in Shea Center in early October.

The University is partnering with WCBS-TV and WCBS Newsradio 880 in New York; KYW-TV and KYW Newsradio 1060 in Philadelphia; The Record and its sister paper, The Herald News; and Gannett New Jersey newspapers, including the Asbury Park Press, Courier-News, The Courier-Post, Home News Tribune, Daily Record, and The Daily Journal to host the debate.

“This is a great opportunity for the campus community to engage in the election process,” says Kathleen Waldron, president of William Paterson University. “As a public university, an important part of our mission is providing opportunities for our students and all New Jersey citizens to be engaged members of their communities and of the State.”

Republican Governor Chris Christie is running for a second term. His Democratic challenger is State Senator Barbara Buono of Middlesex County. The election is November 5.

This is the third time William Paterson has been selected to host a gubernatorial debate.  The University served as a site for a debate between Chris Christie, Jon Corzine and Chris Daggett in 2009, and Christie Whitman and Jim McGreevey in 1997. In addition, the University hosted the congressional debate between Rodney Frelinghuysen and John Arvanites in 2012.

A final date for the debate is still being determined.