Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Senate Hopefuls to Hold First Debate Tonight

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Senate Hopefuls to Hold First Debate Tonight

Article excerpt

Republican U.S. Senate challenger Joe Kyrillos gets a chance to boost his name recognition in his campaign to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez when the two candidates hold their first televised debate tonight at Montclair State University.

The one-hour debate, co-sponsored by The Record and Herald News, starts at 8 p.m. on the state's public television network, NJTV. It also will be streamed online at njtvonline.org

Menendez, who is seeking his second term, leads Kyrillos by 12 percentage points, according to an average of recent public opinion polls compiled by the website Real Clear Politics. Nearly every poll, however, has shown a large bloc of voters do not now enough about Kyrillos to have an opinion of him.

Kyrillos is a state senator from Monmouth County who has been in the Legislature for 24 years. A former chairman of the Republican State Committee, he led Mitt Romney's 2008 campaign in the New Jersey primary, and the Republican presidential nominee came to New Jersey to raise money for Kyrillos this spring. …

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