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.