Historic Lieutenant Governor Debate Grabs Sizeable TV Audience On News 12

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First Ever Lieutenant Governor Debate Attracts More Viewers Than Gubernatorial Debate Held One Week Earlier

New Jersey Power & Politics

Candidates and constituents turned out en masse on Thursday night at Monmouth University, where the first ever Lieutenant Governor debate was held among all three major candidates campaigning to become New Jersey's first Lieutenant Governor. The 90-minute debate presented by Leadership New Jersey and carried live on television by the state's preeminent news channel, News 12 New Jersey and live on radio by Jersey 101.5, featured Independent Dr. Frank Esposito, Republican Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno and Democrat State Senator Loretta Weinberg. News 12 New Jersey's debate coverage generated an estimated 2.2 Nielsen household rating in News 12's New Jersey coverage area. The gubernatorial debate, held a week earlier on another channel, netted a 2.1 household rating.

According to News 12 New Jersey General Manager and News Director Randal Stanley, "This was an untried effort on so many levels. You put on the best show possible, not knowing the level of public awareness of the candidates, and then you're bowled over when they turn out live and fill the house, call in live and send questions and post reactions via e-mail and on the website. And we know they're watching with the same depth of interest as they viewed the recent gubernatorial debate on TV. Best of all, the exchanges among the candidates and high viewership means the voters of New Jersey are the real winners in this debate."

Noted psychologist Dr. Bart Rossi, appearing on News 12 New Jersey's "New Jersey Power & Politics," told host Laura Jones, "I thought it was great--the format that News12 could present it this way--so people could get a feel for these folks and what they are all about."

The debate is available to view on Cablevision iO TV's channel 612, and archived for viewing on-line at News12.com.

Political coverage this election season continues on News 12 New Jersey, with programming you can't see anywhere else, including "Talk To 12" with Steve Adubato every Tuesday at 7:00 pm; "New Jersey Power & Politics" with Laura Jones and Jim McQueeny every weekend; and on the "Capital Hot Seat" with Jim McQueeny.

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