ELEC picks debate sponsors

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has picked the sponsors of the two official gubernatorial debates: one will be aired on the New Jersey Network (NJN), and the other on WOR in New York and WTXF in Philadelphia.

The Lt. Governor debate will be on News 12 New Jersey and 101.5 FM.

NJN is joined in the debate sponsorship by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Gannett New Jersey, while Fox News will join their two affiliate, The Record, and William Paterson New Jersey to sponsor the second debate. The LG debate is also sponsored by the Leadership New Jersey Consortium, which includes Leadership New Jersey and Gannett New Jersey.

Republican Christopher Christie and independent Christopher Daggett, and their running mates, are required to participate in the debates as a condition of accepting public matching funds. The Democratic candidate, Jon Corzine and his LG candidate are not required to take part in the debates because the governor is not participating in the public financing program. But Corzine and his running mate will be included in the debate if they notify ELEC by September 1.

"We have received many worthy requests and are weighing those in the context of the ELEC choices," said Sean Darcy, a spokesman for the Corzine campaign.

ELEC picks debate sponsors