Candidates for Lt. Governor Debate on Campus

Carlos Rendo and Sheila Oliver debating on stage.
Carlos Rendo and Sheila Oliver debated the issues affecting New Jersey.

Lieutenant governor candidates faced off in a live, televised debate on October 16 at the School of Communication and Media Presentation Hall.

Political dignitaries from both sides of the aisle and a capacity crowd gathered for NJ Decides 2017: The Lieutenant Gubernatorial Debate, co-hosted by NJTV and Montclair State, to hear the positions on New Jersey’s most significant issues, including property taxes, attracting corporations to the state and the aging New Jersey Transit system. Democrat Sheila Oliver, Phil Murphy’s running mate, and Republican Carlos Rendo, Kim Guadagno’s running mate and Woodcliff Lake mayor, took questions from NJTV viewers via social media, including a question on making New Jersey more affordable for millennials asked by a Montclair State University student.

The 60-minute debate was broadcast live on NJTV and livestreamed on its website and on Facebook Live. The debate was moderated by NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron and coverage of the broadcast included commentary and analysis anchored by NJTV News anchor Mary Alice Williams and correspondents Michael Hill and David Cruz.

On November 7, 2017, voters elected Murphy and Oliver to the state’s top jobs.