Montclair State to Host First Debate for US Senate Race

New Jersey Senator Joe Kyrillos (left) and US Senator Robert Menendez (right) will hold their first debate at Montclair State University on October 4.

The two major-party candidates for the US Senate seat for New Jersey, US Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and NJ Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R – Monmouth), will debate on October 4 at 8:00 p.m. on the campus of Montclair State University at the John J. Cali School of Music’s Leshowitz Recital Hall. Cosponsored by Montclair State University, The Record and Herald News, the hour-long debate will be broadcast on NJTV and streamed live at

The incumbent, Menendez, who is seeking a second term, and Kyrillos, who has served in the NJ Senate for two decades, will debate on the issues and challenges facing New Jersey residents. The candidates are battling for the US Senate seat in the November 6 General Election.

Mike Schneider, managing editor and anchor of NJTV’s news program NJ Today, will moderate the debate. Panelists will include Michael Aron, chief political correspondent for NJTV; Alfred P. Doblin, editorial page editor of The Record and Herald News; Doug Doyle, news director of WBGO-FM; Brigid Callahan Harrison, professor of political science and law at Montclair State University and frequent political commentator; and Herb Jackson, Washington correspondent for The Record.

The event is fully booked so members of the University community are encouraged to view the live stream of the debate at