First New Jersey Senate debate between Booker and Bell to air on Channel 7

The first debate has been set in New Jersey's U.S. Senate race, and it will be televised by WABC-TV.

Incumbent Democrat Cory Booker and his Republican challenger Jeff Bell will face off in a debate on Friday, Oct. 24th.

It was organized by the League of Women Voters, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, WABC-TV New York and Univison.

The debate will be taped at WPVI's Trenton studio, and Eyewitness News anchor Sade Baderinwa will be among the co-moderators.

The debate will air in its entirety on Sunday October 26th.

A recent poll of registered voters showed Bell trailing Booker by an unexpectedly close 10 percentage points, even though most voters don't know who Bell is.

Bell says he's looking forward to contrasting his ideas with Booker's and accused the former Newark mayor of failing to put forward a comprehensive economic plan.

Booker's campaign manager hit back, charging Bell with clinging to "discredited and extreme policies" that would hurt women, the middle class and seniors.

(Some information from the Associated Press.)
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