FAIR LAWN, NJ - So while it is election season, better known as 'silly season' when candidates often do and say things they would not otherwise, there are moments that are genuinely silly.
At the Fair Lawn League of Women Voters Borough Council Candidate Night on Oct. 22, candidates were seemingly aghast when the moderator, Barbara King, announced, "Now a question on whistleblowing."
When King, a certified moderator for the League of Women Voters New Jersey, indicated it was about a train whistle, the audience and candidates simultaneously erupted in raucous laughter.
In the early fall, according to an aggregate of news sources, a "whistleblower" came forward to the inspector general for the intelligence community with a tip that President Trump pressured the head of the Ukrainian government to open an investigation into one of Trump's democratic challengers for president, former vice president Joe Biden, and Biden's son regarding his business dealings while his father was in office. Trump has since claimed his conversation with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, was "perfect," denying wrongdoing, which democrats have since used as a launching board for impeachment.
The debate lasted approximately 1.5 hours for the six candidates, including incumbents Mayor Kurt Peluso and Councilwoman Cristina Cutrone, and running mate Kris Krause, all democrats; along with John Gil and Glen Callons, the republican challengers who appeared at the debate and have campaigned together. An additional republican candidate, Stephen Janiszak, was not present at the debate and did not give the League of Women Voters a statement for the moderator to read, according to King.
The debate can be seen in its entirety through the Fair Lawn League of Women Voters Facebook page.