Powerful New Jersey Democrat Defeated by Trucker Finally Makes It Official
Gloucester County, NJ — New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) finally conceded to the trucker who won a shocking upset victory in last week’s election.
After a week of hoping enough mail-in ballots cast for him would come in to make up a deficit of more than 2,000 votes, Sweeney acknowledged defeat to longtime trucker, 58-year-old Edward Durr (R) for the state’s Third District Senate seat.
“The results of Tuesday’s election are in, all votes have been fairly counted, and I, of course, accept the results,” Sweeney said at a press conference on Wednesday. “I want to congratulate Mr. Durr and wish him the best of luck.”
Following last week’s political earthquake in the Garden State that saw numerous Democrats swept out of office by their Republican opponents, Sweeney refused to concede after he said more ballots had been “found.”
“The results from Tuesday’s election continue to come in — for instance there were 12,000 ballots recently found in one county,” Sweeney stated 48 hours after election night. “While I am currently trailing in the race, we want to make sure every vote is counted.”
However, speaking with reporters on Monday of this week, he claimed his statement was mischaracterized.
“I didn’t say they were found,” Sweeney said according to NJ.com. “I said 12,000 votes came in to Camden County. My point is: Votes are coming in. I don’t know how many are coming in. I won’t know until today. But votes were coming in every day. Could there be a large number of votes? Could there be no votes? The point is: Just let us count the votes. I’ve earned that.”
As this new reality is setting in for Democrats in the Statehouse, power brokers within the party are already meeting to discuss who’ll succeed Sweeney as Senate president.
Sweeney will continue to lead the Senate until noon on January 11, 2022.
As for Durr, multiple local media outlets have already begun attempting to paint him as an extremist based on some of his recent social media posts.
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New Jersey Governor Phill Murphy (D) also attacked Durr when asked about the improbable outcome last weekend.
“I want to be unequivocal. I do not welcome this in any way, shape or form,” Murphy stated. “This guy who is apparently winning is a dangerous guy.”
Such is life now for the father of three and grandfather to six immersed in the rough and tumble world of New Jersey politics.
Then again, Durr has been a professional truck driver for more than 25 years, so he’s pretty much seen it all.
Something tells us he’s not worried… not in the least bit.