N.J. election watchdog agency picks gubernatorial debate sponsors

New Jersey’s election watchdog agency has picked sponsors for this year’s gubernatorial primary debates during its first meeting after a yearlong break.

The Election Law Enforcement Commission on Tuesday chose NJTV News and Stockton University to host the debates.

It was the commission’s first meeting since last March. The panel lacked a quorum until earlier this month, when Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees were approved by the Democrat-led Senate.

The four-member panel was down to one member and unable to meet. The commission continued to conduct investigations but delayed votes on final judgments and fines.

The new commissioners are Republican former prosecutor Eric Jaso and Democratic former Superior Court Judge Stephen Holden. They join Republican chairman Ronald DeFilippis on the board.

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