Is Gov. Jon Corzine avoiding NJ 101.5, the state's most politically influential radio station? Sources say that the station invited Corzine and other gubernatorial candidates separate opportunities to go on the air this week. Corzine was invited any time between 6AM and 10AM on Thursday and Friday, but declined, citing scheduling obligations.
Corzine has not yet agreed to participate in the station's October gubernatorial debate, which will be held at Rider University and broadcast to over 3 million listeners over the Millennium Network. On May 27, 2009, the Star Ledger wrote of "the ritual the 101.5 debate has become in New Jersey Politics." Republican Christopher Christie and independent Christopher Daggett have already signed on.
Because he is not accepting public financing, Corzine is not obligated to participate in either of the two official gubernatorial debates authorized by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. He can if he wants to. He'll need to let the commission know by September 1.