Pascrell and Rothman Debate Tonight at MSU

Tonight’s debate between U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell will be held from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the Leshowitz Recital Hall in the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University.

Since the redistricting that occurred in December eliminated one of the 13 seats in the House of Representatives, Pascrell and Rothman will be vying for one seat, forcing Democrats to pick sides. If Pascrell is reelected, he will represent the 9th District, instead of the 8th and his territory will include areas of Passaic and Bergen County. Primary elections will be held on June 5 in New Jersey.

Cosponsored by The Record and Herald News, Mike Schneider, Managing Editor and Anchor of NJTV’s news program “NJ Today,” will moderate the debate. Panelists will include Brigid Callahan Harrison, Professor of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University and frequent political commentator; Alfred P. Doblin, Editorial Page Editor of The Record and Herald News, Charles Stile, columnist for The Record and Michael Aron, Chief Political Correspondent for NJTV.

Although public seating at the debate is currently filled to capacity, NJTV will televise the hour-long debate live beginning at 8 p.m. on Cablevision/Comcast Channel 23. Check here for more local listings.


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  2. Bad night for a debate – don’t they know the Rangers and Devils are playing each other tonight at 8 pm? I’d rather watch them fight it out ( the Hockey game ) then hear those politians trying to do the same.

  3. As best I understand district boundaries, beloved Congressman Pascrell (whose tenure as mayor of Paterson was, to be kind, questionable) will no longer even be representing Montclair come the next election. So why was the debate held out-of-district if that’s true?

    That point notwithstanding, according to today’s Record the debate seems to have been a simple case of the two candidates vying with each other as to who’s more, uh, “progressive.” Should either of these guys win the election in November, in other words, this will not bode at all well for their district’s hard-pressed taxpayers.

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