State Sen. William Baroni (R-Hamilton) says he will attend today's meeting of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission to oppose New Jersey Network's application to move the gubernatorial debate from October 1 to October 22.
"As a passionate supporter of New Jersey's gubernatorial public financing system, I find the attempt by NJN to alter the timing of the debate to run counter to the letter and intent of the law that mandates debates among the candidates for governor," said Baroni, a law professor and one of the Senate's leading supporters of Clean Elections legislation. "On behalf of no one but myself, I hope to convince the ELEC commissioners that NJN's attempt to move the debates is against the law, against public policy, and wrong."
State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Middletown) accused Gov. Jon Corzine and his campaign of trying to manipulate the debate schedule.
"I am very concerned with the consequences of upending the entire debate schedule (including the Lieutenant Governor's debate) a full three weeks in order to accommodate Governor Corzine's transparent, political ‘scheduling conflict.'"