The following is an excerpt from NJ.com originally published May 2, 2017.
With New Jersey's primary election barely a month away, nine of the 11 major party candidates hoping to replace Gov. Chris Christie gathered on Monday night to field questions about how they'd lead the nation's most densely populated state.
Appearing at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center were both Democrats and Republicans, including former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy; former U.S. Treasury Undersecretary Jim Johnson; state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), Tenafly borough council president Mark Zinna, and community activist Bill Brennan.
Republicans including Commissioner Steve Rogers (R-Nutley) and defense aerospace engineer Hirsh Singh were joined by Green Party candidate Rev. Seth Kaper Dale