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Senator Jeff Van Drew & challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt face-off in debate

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The weather may be getting cooler, but campaign season is heating up in New Jersey. With the focus Monday night on the 1st district senate seat, as incumbent Democratic State Senator Jeff Van Drew, faced off against Republican small business owner Susan Adelizzi–Schmidt in a debate in Cape May Court House.

"I was compelled to run for Senate this year, because we have the highest unemployment rate throughout the state," explains Adelizzi-Schmidt.

"I think there's work to be done in New Jersey, and I believe it's important to be bipartisan," says Sen. Jeff Van Drew.

Senator Van Drew and Ms. Adelizzi–Scmidt, exchanged jabs in a war of words. Making the case that they can each do what's best for the 1st district, and why they should be elected.

"The right ideas aren't republican ideas, their not democrat ideas, they're just good ideas and that's what we need to work more towards," says Sen. Van Drew.

"It's all about listening, hearing what the issues are on the minds of the residents around the district and then answering the questions," explains Adelizzi-Schmidt.

During the debate, Adelizzi– Schmidt attacked Senator Van Drew's tenure as the first district's state senator, expressing concerns that the senator has not done enough to be reelected, and rolled out an 8–point plan to get the first district on what she is calling the right track.

"My 8–point plan was derived after speaking with business people from around the district, municipal officials, economic development officials. We need to do something about the high unemployment rate in the district," says Adelizzi-Schmidt.

The Senator, while defending his track record in Trenton, expressed what he plans to do for the first district if elected to another term, and that what is important in this race is results. Which he says he has delivered.

"It is about advocacy. This is almost the most important part. Fighting for, standing up for, and working for South Jersey, so when they're going to hurt our South Jersey fishing waters, making sure it doesn't happen," says Sen. Van Drew.

With election day looming with a little more than 2 weeks to go, these candidates are making sure their message gets out and its heard loud and clear.

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