Booker says he will compete in two primary debates, but Pallone wants more

Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign announced today that Booker will participate in two debates in advance of the upcoming Aug. 13 special primary election.

The first is scheduled for Aug. 5 on NJTV, and the second is scheduled for Aug. 8 on WBGO-FM. Philadelphia-based public radio station WHYY will also air the WBGO-sponsored debate. 

“These two debates will give New Jersey voters the opportunity to compare the candidates’ ideas for improving people’s lives, as well as their records for delivering results,” Booker campaign manager Addisu Demissie said. “With just 47 days before the vote, it also allows all the candidates the opportunity to devote their time to making their case directly to New Jersey voters in cities and towns across the state.”

Kevin Griffis, spokesman for the campaign, said they are considering forum invitations but as for formal debates, the campaign has accepted these two.

For his part, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) hopes for more engagements.

“Congressman Pallone is happy to see his opponents in the Democratic Primary have accepted the challenge to debate in advance of the August 13th Election Day,” said the campaign in a statement. “With this expedited time frame for voters to choose who would best represent them in the Senate it becomes even more important for all four candidates to debate the issues as much as possible.  We are hoping the other candidates will also join us at the other debates we have accepted: 

7/25 – Somerset Run Civics Club – Candidate’s Night 7pm
7/27 – WABC/Univision/WPVI/League of Women Voters – Trenton 1pm
7/29 – The Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ- (confirmed our attendance, they are still confirming date and time)
7/29 Philadelphia Inquirer Joint Editorial Board 2pm.
8/5 –  NJTV LIVE Forum – 730pm Montclair State University
8/8 – WBGO Forum – 7pm

Booker says he will compete in two primary debates, but Pallone wants more