‘Stunned’ NJ Governor Attacks Trucker Who Pulled Off Improbable Win as ‘Dangerous Guy’
Trenton, NJ — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) didn’t mince any words when asked about the truck driver who last week defeated the state’s long-time Senate president.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Gov. Murphy said he was “stunned” by the outcome of the race matching New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) against 58-year-old truck driver — and political newcomer — Edward Durr (R), for the state’s Third District Senate seat.
“I want to be unequivocal,” Murphy stated. “I do not welcome this in any way, shape or form.”
Durr, a professional truck driver of more than 25 years, continues to cling to a lead of more than 2,000 votes.
Though the Associated Press (AP) has called the race for Durr, Sweeney has yet to concede after claiming “12,000 ballots were recently found.”
“While I am currently trailing in the race, we want to make sure every vote is counted,” Sweeney said two days after the election.
“I’m very bummed and he deserves the space he needs to count every voter and I have my fingers crossed,” Murphy said of Sweeney’s decision to delay a concession. “And if it comes out the wrong way, I bemoan it.”
Durr’s improbable victory has garnered countless headlines and sent tremors through the political establishments in the Garden State and across the country.
His campaign focused on Gov. Murphy’s approach to combating the pandemic by imposing some of the strictest lockdowns and mandates of any state in America.
“You cannot tell people they can’t have a job. You cannot tell people they can’t go to church and that’s what was done and there was nothing done by the legislature,” Durr said during a recent appearance on Fox News.
In fact, Durr characterized his apparent victory over Sweeney as a “repudiation” of Gov. Murphy — who, last week, narrowly won re-election defeating Republican Jack Ciattarelli 50.9% to 48.3%, according to the AP.
However, the media’s fawning coverage of Durr came to an abrupt end less than 48 hours after being declared the winner.
Numerous local outlet reports painted Durr as an extremist based on some of his recent social media posts.
For instance, NJ.com reported a post from Durr’s Twitter account in September 2019 labeled Islam “a false religion” and its prophet, Muhammad, a “pedophile.”
In a Facebook post, Durr took issue with those who breached the U.S. Capitol on January 6, being labeled “insurrectionists.”
Instead, he described the incident as an “unauthorized entry by undocumented federal employers!”
According to NJ.com, Durr has since deactivated the accounts where the posts were made.
Gov. Murphy was quick to blast Durr’s comments as “outrageous.”
“This guy who is apparently winning is a dangerous guy,” Murphy responded.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow this ongoing story.
WATCH Gov. Murphy’s full answer below.