NJTV Airs U.S. Senate Debate from Montclair State

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Rep. Rush Holt, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Rep. Frank Pallone debate for first time

Photo: Mike Peters

State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex), U.S. Rep. Rush Hold (D-12th Dist.), Newark Mayor Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.) pose for a photo before the start of the debate.

The four New Jersey Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate met for a debate aired live by NJTV from Montclair State University’s DuMont Television Center on Monday, Aug. 5. It was the first time that all four candidates had participated in the same debate.

Seeking to fill the seat made vacant by the death in June of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Rep. Rush Holt, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Rep. Frank Pallone debated the issues in advance of the Aug. 13 primary election. The candidates are scheduled to debate again on Thursday, Aug. 7.

The winner of the Aug. 13 Democratic primary will face Republicans Alieta Eck or Steve Lonegan in an Oct. 16 special general election.

View the video at NJTVonline.org.

Read coverage of the debate at NJ News Commons