The League of Women Voters of New Jersey says debates in several legislative districts aren’t being held this year because candidates aren’t willing to participate.
Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray says avoiding debates is a political strategy for some candidates.
“If you are running ahead, the status quo is your best friend. So you don’t want to upset that by engaging in a debate where something is out of your control.”
Murray says incumbents might prefer to skip debates.