News 12 New Jersey to Televise First Live Debate Featuring New Jersey U.S. Senate Candidates Lautenberg and Forrester on October 30 at 7pm

Democrat Frank Lautenberg to Face Republican Challenger Douglas Forrester
and Other Candidates in Ninety-Minute Exchange on Local Issues

First Televised Debate Between All U.S. Senate Candidates on News 12 New Jersey
Will Be Simulcast on C-SPAN

Edison, New Jersey, October 22, 2002 – News 12 New Jersey said today it would present the first real debate among all the candidates in the race for New Jersey U.S. Senate. The live ninety-minute program begins at 7:00pm on October 30 and will be carried statewide on News 12 New Jersey and on C-SPAN. The moderator will be News 12 New Jersey anchor Janine Strafaci.

According to Jonathan Knopf, News 12 New Jersey General Manager and News Director, "When the Supreme Court affirmed Mr. Lautenberg's involvement in the election, we immediately reached out to both the Lautenberg and Forrester campaigns. We expressed our interest in hosting a debate for the people of New Jersey and welcomed a discussion. All candidates in the race will be heard in this debate."

The debate format will feature all six candidates during the first hour, with the last thirty minutes slated as head-to-head debate between the two front-runners. In addition to Mr. Lautenberg (Democrat) and Mr. Forrester (Republican), the slate of U.S. Senate candidates includes Ted Glick (Green), Elizabeth Macron (Libertarian), Gregory Pason (Socialist), Norman Wahner (New Jersey Conservative).

"News 12 New Jersey is pleased to be involved in such an important event. The debate will be seen in News 12 New Jersey's 1-point-8 million households. C-SPAN will also carry our debate live throughout the state of New Jersey and the rest of the nation," Mr. Knopf said.

The ninety-minute debate will be televised live at 7:00pm on October 30, with replays scheduled for 12midnight; October 31 at 2:00pm; Saturday, September 7 at 10:30am and 8:00pm; and Sunday, September 8 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

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