WATCH | Phil Murphy, Jack Ciattarelli face off in 1st NJ governor's debate

The debate at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark will air live on Channel 7, WABC-TV, and our streaming platforms.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican Jack Ciattarelli met Tuesday night in the first of two debates in this year's campaign for governor.

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Republican rival Jack Ciattarelli met in their first debate on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Performing Arts Center in Newark

The debate at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark aired live on Channel 7, WABC-TV, and our streaming platforms.

Sade Baderinwa of WABC-TV along with Brian Taff of our sister-station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Adriana Vargas-Sino of Univision ,and NJ Advance Media reporter Amanda Hoover moderated and asked questions.

WABC-TV was a partner in the debate along with WPVI-TV, NJ Advance Media, Univision65, WHYY-FM radio, WCTC Radio, Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics, and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration.

The candidates will meet in a second debate at 8 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Rowan University in Glassboro.

Lt. Gov. Shelia Oliver, a Democrat, and Republican Diane Allen will debate at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 at Rider University in Lawrenceville.

Election Day is Nov. 2, but early mail-in ballots have already gone out. For the first time this year, there will be early in-person voting, which runs from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31.

*NOTE: Tuesday night's episodes of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune will air overnight at 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. due to the debate.

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