UPDATE: 5 gubernatorial candidates did not raise the $430,000 required to qualify for the debates; Green Party’s Seth Kaper-Dale, Libertarian Peter Rohrman, and independents Gina Genovese, Matthew Richard, Vincent Ross.
UPDATE: October 16 is set for LG Debate between Dem Sheila Oliver and GOP’s Carlos Rendo
ELEC has released a debate schedule for governor candidates Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno, with partial details to come once both Murphy and Guadagno confirm their rumored LG picks (more on those folks below).
First Gubernatorial Debate
When: Tuesday, Oct.10 at 7 pm
Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark
Sponsors: WABC-TV (NYC), WPVI-TV (Philly), Univision, NJ Advance Media, NJBIZ, NJ Spotlight, El Diario, Rutgers University, League of Women Voters NJ, Lead NJ, National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials
Second Gubernatorial Debate
When: Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 pm
Where: William Paterson University, Wayne
Sponsors: WCBS-TV (NYC) WKYW (Philly), The Record and Gannett newspapers
LG candidates will debate at Montclair State University, details to be released when both Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno announce their running mates. This Friday July 28th is the deadline to do so. Max Pizarro at Insider NJ is reporting progress towards both those selections with two likely selections from North Jersey.
Dems – Sheila Oliver: The choice (so far unconfirmed) of former Speaker Sheila Oliver, 65, who represents LD34 out of Essex County and who served two terms as Assembly Speaker 2010-2014), succeeded by Vincent Prieto. Oliver (who will remain on LD34’s ticket, too) broke ground there; she was the first black woman Speaker in NJ history, and only the second black woman in the country to lead a state legislature.
Republicans – Carlos Rendo: Murphy’s selection sets up Woodcliff Lake mayor Carlos Rendo at the top of Kim Guadagno’s shortlist, according to Max. Rendo, 53, was born in Sagua LaGrande, Cuba and was carried to this country by his parents when he was two years old. He is an immigration lawyer, and Woodcliff Lake’s first Latino mayor. Rendo is in his first term as mayor, sworn in in January 2016. He beat 12-year former Republican councilman Jeff Bader for mayor in an election where Bader switched parties to run as a Democrat after losing his party’s endorsement to Rendo. Rendo ran for mayor only after a year-and-a-half on council, elevated to council president after his first year. He was a supporter of Marco Rubio in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, passing over Gov. Christie in his White House bid – and one way Guadagno can distance herself from the sinking Christie. (Murphy supported Hillary Clinton).