Gov. Corzine Snubs NJ101.5, OKs WBGO Debate
September 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM (PT)
Is NEW JERSEY Governor JON CORZINE trying to freeze out MILLENIUM Talk WKXW (NEW JERSEY 101.5)/TRENTON? After dodging the station's invitation to an OCTOBER 16th gubernatorial election debate with his Republican challenger CHRIS CHRISTIE, CORZINE has now officially turned down the invitation, and has instead accepted an invite for an OCTOBER 22nd debate at noncommercial Jazz WBGO/NEWARK, which independent CHRISTOPHER DAGGETT will also attend but CHRISTIE has not thus far accepted.
The NEW JERSEY 101.5 debate, co-sponsored by the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, is scheduled to be televised by ABC O&Os WABC-TV (ABC7)/NEW YORK and WPVI-TV (6ABC)/PHILADELPHIA.
NEW JERSEY 101.5 News Director ERIC SCOTT said, "Just this morning, I received a letter dated SEPTEMBER 9th from CORZINE Campaign Manager MAGGIE MORAN, declining our invitation to host a Gubernatorial debate. JON CORZINE has now become the first candidate for statewide office in almost 20 years to turn his back on our one million listeners by refusing to appear on NEW JERSEY 101.5 to talk directly to NEW JERSEY voters about the issues that are important to them.
"NEW JERSEY 101.5 is the most listened-to radio station in the state. Our political forums have won praise from both state and national media. The STAR-LEDGER recently wrote of the 'Ritual the (NJ 101.5) debate has become in NEW JERSEY politics.' As a candidate for the U.S. Senate and again as a candidate for Governor, JON CORZINE participated in multiple programs and debates on our station. In this election, however, JON CORZINE appears to have made the strategic decision to pretend that we simply do not exist.
"It should be noted that this is the first communication from the CORZINE campaign on this matter since our invitation was extended in JULY."