Hoping you won’t notice, Assemblywoman Munoz refuses to debate opponent
Thursday, October 24, 2013 • 9:42pm
UNION COUNTY, NJ - Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) has officially declined to debate her Democratic opponent, Jill LaZare, in advance of the upcoming November 5th election for General Assembly.
LaZare, who is challenging Munoz in the Union County-centered 21st Legislative District, has made several attempts at engaging her opponent in a moderated debate. Assemblywoman Munoz declined an offer by the League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Summit. On behalf of LaZare's campaign, the League of Women Voters had reached out to Munoz, offering to host, schedule, and publicize the event. In addition, the LVW had planned to ask its state chapter for an out-of-district moderator, who would have ensured impartiality. The Munoz campaign had previously rejected a debate offer made by HomeTowne Television of Summit.
“HomeTowne doesn't ordinarily host or carry candidate debates, so we understood her [Munoz's] wariness to meet us there,” LaZare said, “but the League of Women Voters has a long and proud tradition of hosting and organizing candidate forums all around the country. The Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit chapter, along with its statewide counterpart, went out of their way to accommodate any concerns she may have had, but she still refused. We believe that the voters of this district should have the opportunity to hear from their candidates and to hear why the Assemblywoman has repeatedly voted against women's health issues, but she [Munoz] has ensured that that won't happen. I wish I could say that I’m surprised, but it seems to be an unfortunate pattern of behavior with her. Much like she didn’t take the time to meet with a grieving mother seeking her assistance, she apparently doesn’t have the time to talk with voters about the issues facing them. This all begs the question – just what matter is worth her time?”