Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, the Republican nominee, and former Goldman Sachs banker Phil Murphy, the Democrat, will take stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for the debate which is scheduled preempt Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on ABC affiliates in New York and Philadelphia. NJSpotlight will be livestreaming the event.
With a comfortable but shrinking lead in the polls, it would be advisable for Murphy to come down with laryngitis and send his wife Tammy to debate Guadagno in his place. Sources familiar with the couple say Tammy has both the brains and the looks in the family. However Murphy,who spent $20 million of his fortune securing the Democrat nomination, is legally committed to participate in the televised debate because he chose to let New Jersey taxpayers fund his general election campaign.
With her tax cutting message, Guadagno should have the lead in the public polls which indicate New Jersey’s highest in the nation property taxes are voters biggest complaint. However, voters have so far not been able to get beyond her role as Governor Chris Christie’s constitutional second in command. Christie’s approval ratings are the lowest in the history of most public polls.
Set your DVR or watch it live. If there is going to be any excitement in this campaign, it will start tonight. I expect surprises from both sides.