News 12 New Jersey to Televise Live Debate Between Candidates in New Jersey U.S. Senate Race on September 5 at 8PM

Democratic Incumbent Torricelli to Face Republican Challenger Forrester
in Ninety-Minute Exchange on Local Issues

First Televised Debate Between U.S. Senate Candidates Will Air Statewide Without Commercial Interruption; Co-sponsored By The Star-Ledger and News 12 New Jersey

Edison, New Jersey, August 20, 2002 – News 12 New Jersey today announced its plan to televise the first debate between candidates in the race for New Jersey United States Senator. According to News 12 New Jersey News Director and General Manager Jonathan Knopf, the debate “offers the candidates a ninety-minute forum to field questions on issues important to the people of New Jersey – an hour and a half, no commercials and no holds barred.” Joining News 12 New Jersey as co-sponsor is The Star-Ledger. Both will provide journalists to serve on the panel of questioners. News 12 New Jersey political analyst and host of “New Jersey Power & Politics” Jim McQueeny will serve as moderator. News 12 New Jersey special projects producer William Schlosser is at the helm for the televised forum.

“This is a highly charged contest between two candidates who are running neck and neck,” Mr. Knopf said. “We’re proud to partner with The Star-Ledger and afford the public this opportunity to hear the candidates’ positions on the issues.”

The ninety-minute debate will be televised live at 8:00pm on September 5, with replays scheduled for Saturday, September 7 at 10:30am and Sunday, September 8 at 3:00pm.

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