Democratic Senate candidates facing off on 101.5

The New Jersey 101.5 U.S. Senate debate is now underway in the station's Ewing studio.

Eric Scott, vice-president of news, hosts the showdownfeaturing U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and his challengers U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) and Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello taking phone calls from New Jersey voters.

Lautenberg gives his opening statement, hittingfour broadambitions: ending the Iraq War, improving the economy, attacking global warning and working to achieveenergy independence.

Cresitello says heis running because he has"something to say."

Andrews talks directly to the gut-level problems of people: soldiers in Iraq, workers about to get a pink slip, people trying to buy gas, etc.

"This debate should be about those listeners," Andrews said.

Lautenberg throws an elbow at Andrews in his follow up to a phone caller named Robin, noting his opponent's relatively recent opposition to the Iraq War.

Cresitello reminds both Andrews and Lautenberg that he opposed the war from the beginning.

Democratic Senate candidates facing off on 101.5