Oliver, Allen spar over abortion, guns during lieutenant governor debate

Oliver, Allen spar over abortion, guns during lieutenant governor debate

A 2003 photo of Diane Allen, now the Republican candidate for New Jersey lieutenant governor, is shown alongside a 2019 photo of Democratic Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. The candidates faced off in a debate on Tuesday. | Tina Markoe Kinslow and Matt Rourke/ AP Photo Oliver, Allen spar over abortion, guns during lieutenant governor debate By DANIEL HAN and KATHERINE LANDERGAN 10/05/2021 10:09 PM EDT LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP — Democratic Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and Republican former state Sen. Diane Allen pitched their dueling visions for New Jersey on Tuesday night during the first and only debate for lieutenant governor. The two offered their views during the hourlong exchange at Rider University on everything from abortion access to gun rights to school lunches, while also sticking to their main talking points from the campaign trail. They diverged on vaccines and Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of Covid deaths at the state’s nursing homes, as well as Murphy allegedly being slow to fire controversial staffers. Allen defended her reputation as a moderate — which has been questioned since she was named Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli’s running mate — due to comments she’s made about undocumented immigrants and her more conservative talking points on gun access and other issues. But Allen maintained her views have not wavered throughout the years, citing her record in the Legislature in support of gay marriage and anti-bullying legislation. “I would say that socially moderate is probably exactly where I am,” she said, noting that she was […]

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