Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

5th District Candidates Will Debate on Radio

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

5th District Candidates Will Debate on Radio

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Rep. Scott Garrett and his Democratic opponent, Josh Gottheimer, will debate in October.

The two men have agreed to square off on a Hackettstown-based radio station whose signal does not extend to Bergen County, where the majority of voters in the 5th Congressional District live. The debate is scheduled for Oct. 31 at 11 a.m., according to Garrett's campaign.

The news comes a day after Garrett announced that he had accepted debate invitations from WRNJ Radio and Steven Pruzansky, a Teaneck rabbi who has come under fire for his opinions on college rape and for advocating a harsh response by Israel to terrorism.

Gottheimer's camp said Wednesday that it had yet to receive an invitation from the radio station. But on Thursday, a member of the Democratic candidate's staff said the station had reached out that day and they had accepted the offer.

The debate could potentially be the only time the two face off before the election on Nov. 8.

The Pruzansky debate is scheduled for Oct. 27, the same day that the League of Women Voters also plans to hold a debate between the two. A staffer for Gottheimer's campaign said they were "happy to consider another date" from Pruzansky and hoped that Garrett would participate in the League of Women Voters debate.

Gottheimer also has accepted debate invitations from Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Fair Lawn Jewish Center.

"We hope that this year the congressman will agree to debates conducted by neutral parties, such as those at Fairleigh Dickinson, the League of Women Voters and the Fair Lawn Jewish Center," Gottheimer said in a release.

But in a statement, Garrett's camp said, "As in previous years, the congressman has received other debate invitations. These are the two invitations he has accepted. If Josh Gottheimer is truly interested in debating the congressman, rather than scoring political points, he'll attend these two debates. …

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