Edward Durr, a truck driver from New Jersey, beat the State Senate President Steve Sweeney.
He spent only $1813.
Meet Edward Durr, giant slayer.
Durr, a truck driver for the furniture store Raymour & Flanigan, was declared the victor Thursday in a race against one of the most powerful people in New Jersey: State Senate President Steve Sweeney, a top officer in the international Ironworkers union whose influence rivals that of governors.
In a week filled with surprises beyond the razor-thin New Jersey governor’s race, the election in South Jersey’s 3rd Legislative District was the biggest shocker of all — and one with massive implications for the future of New Jersey politics. Sweeney, who’s led the state’s upper legislative chamber for 12 years, was talked up in Democratic circles as a likely 2025 candidate for governor. He had amassed significant power in Trenton, shrewdly cutting deals with former Republican Gov. Chris Christie and frequently standing in the way of Gov. Phil Murphy’s agenda.
Even Durr harbored doubts about his chances and wasn’t ready to declare victory in a Wednesday interview, telling POLITICO he was “walking on eggshells” until the results became official. State Republicans quickly jumped on victory — despite deploying no resources in the race.
Sweeney has finally conceded.
#BREAKING New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney has conceded defeat in his race to Republican challenger Ed Durr: “I of course, accept the results” of the election, he said, adding “it’s been an honor and a privilege” representing the 3rd legislative district.
— Shlomo Schorr (@OneJerseySchorr) November 10, 2021
Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the second-most powerful official in New Jersey, conceded his loss on Wednesday to a Republican challenger who was unknown until he appeared last week to pull off one of the country’s biggest upsets.
Sweeney, D-Gloucester, had been holding off admitting his loss to Edward Durr until all the votes in his legislative district encompassing Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties were counted.
On Tuesday, one week after the election, Sweeney publicly accepted that his record-long reign as New Jersey’s Senate president ended at the hands of a truck driver on a shoestring budget.
“The results of the election are in; all votes have been fairly counted; and I, of course, accept the results,” he said at a press conference in Trenton.
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