The Christie for Governor campaign announced Tuesday that it has accepted the opportunity to participate in debates offered by William Paterson and Montclair State Universities, the two gubernatorial debate sponsors. Kean University will sponsor the Lt. Governor debate.
"We eagerly accept the three dates offered by the three debate sponsors and hosts this fall," said Christie for Governor Campaign Manager Bill Stepien in a statement. "We look forward to a vigorous exchange of ideas that will continue to underscore with voters that Governor Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno represent the type of strong leadership to keep moving New Jersey forward."
The respective dates for the gubernatorial debates at William Paterson and Montclair State Universities are scheduled forOctober 8th and October 15th. The Lt. Governor debate at Kean University will be held on October 11th.
But there appears to be a scheduling conflict for challenger, Senator Barbara Buono of Middlesex, with the second gubernatorial debate.
The Buono for Governor campaign has announced that it has agreed to the dates for the first gubernatorial debatesponsored by the CBS affiliate in New York (WCBS-TV), The Record, Gannett NJ newspapers and William Paterson University, on October 8 at 7:00 p.m at William Paterson University.
The Buono for Governor campaign has agreed that the lieutenant gubernatorial debate, sponsored by News 12 New Jersey and Kean State University, will be held on October 11 at Kean State University.
"Senator Buono looks forward to a robust debate that offers New Jersey's electorate an opportunity to understand the stark differences on the issues," said campaign manager Jonathan Ducote in a statement. "However, we have not agreed to a date for the second gubernatorial debate and will continue to work to find a solution that serves the best interests of the public."
"We urge the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission to require Montclair State University to hold the debate on October 22nd, as originally proposed; require the debate to be held at some other time between October 17th and October 25th; or to select an alternate debate sponsor who will hold the debate on a date that complies with the statute without diminishing outreach to the voting public."
In the meantime, adding to the already widespread support the governor has received from diverse communities across New Jersey in his campaign for re-election, Christie was endorsed by three Democratic members of the Teaneck Town Council: Councilman Yitz Stern, Councilman Elie Katz, and Councilman Mark Schwartz.
The September 3rd endorsements bring the total number of elected Democrats supporting the Christie’s re-election bid to 48.
The Teaneck council members lead a bipartisan, statewide coalition of support from the state’s Jewish community.
“Governor Christie has shown tremendous leadership since taking office and a sincere willingness to talk openly and candidly about issues of great importance to members of the state’s Jewish community. One of the strongest signs of that commitment and understanding was our Governor’s visit to Israel two years ago, where he displayed his strong support for the State of Israel and strengthened cultural and economic ties,” said Teaneck Councilman Yitz Stern in a statement. “Today I am truly honored to stand here with my fellow council members Elie Katz and Mark Schwartz, to cross the aisle and express our support for and endorsement of Governor Christie in this campaign. We acknowledge that we may not agree on every issue, but New Jersey is a vastly better place today because of the leadership and accomplishments of Governor Christie over the past three and a half years.”
Teaneck was carried by President Obama in the 2012 presidential election by forty-five percentage points and was carried by former Governor Jon Corzine in the 2009 gubernatorial election by forty-eight percentage points. Teaneck is also home to former Governor Jon Corzine’s 2009 Lieutenant Governor nominee and running mate, State Senator Loretta Weinberg.
“Earning the support of Councilman Stern, Councilman Katz, Councilman Schwartz, and of so many leaders from New Jersey’s Jewish community represents not only a great moment for our campaign, but in my time as governor. Our work together has been extensive, including visiting Israel with business and Jewish community leaders from New Jersey. That trip allowed us to make progress for New Jersey by strengthening ties with our sister state, promoting trade and economic growth, and paying respect to the culture with which our state shares so much,” said Christie. “The vast diversity of our state is a source of immense strength for New Jersey, and the support we’ve received from so many different communities is a source of great pride and affirmation for me. I thank the council members and the dozens of leaders from around the state for their support in this campaign and I am eager to continue our work together.”
In March, Governor Christie received the unanimous endorsement of the Igud and Vaad, two influential community-based Lakewood organizations made up of rabbis, businessmen, educational and local leaders, along with Mayor Albert Akerman. The early, unified endorsement placed prominent members of Lakewood's Jewish community behind Governor Christie and his reelection in November.
The Jewish Leaders for Christie coalition, a bipartisan group of leaders from across the state and throughout the Jewish community, is led by a statewide leadership team and coordinators in all 21 counties.
So far, statewide leaders who back the Governor include: Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin,
Teaneck Councilman Elie Katz, Mark Levenson, Toby Shylit Mack, Alex Markowits, Zeev Rubenstein, Sammy Saka, Teaneck Councilman Mark Schwartz, Assemblywoman Donna Simon, Senator Robert Singer, Teaneck Councilman Yitz Stern and
County leaders are: Atlantic County Chair: Whitman Ullman; Bergen County Co-Chair: Barbara Hoffman; Bergen County Co-Chair: Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner; Burlington County Chair: Steve Solomon; Camden County Chair: Caren Sokolow; Cape May County Chair: Councilman Mike Benson; Cumberland County Co-Chair: Alex Drobny; Cumberland County Co-Chair: Stephen Plevins; Essex County Chair: Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler; Gloucester County Chair: Phyllis Martin; Hudson County Chair: Michelle Levine; Hunterdon County Chair: Gary Shangold; Mercer County Chair: Councilwoman Sheree McGowan; Middlesex County Co-Chair: Rabbi Mendy Carlebach; Middlesex County Co-Chair: David Rosenthal; Monmouth County Chair: Mayor Susan Cohen; Morris County Chair: Howard Chesler; Ocean County Chair: Committeeman Steven Langert; Passaic County Chair: Rabbi Bob Mark; Salem County Chair: Micky Ostrum; Somerset County Chair: Mayor Brian Levine; Sussex County Co-Chair: Jay Ziegler; Sussex County Co-Chair: Jason Apter; Union County Chair: Harold Poltrock; and Warren County Chair: Joe Werner.