How a little-known New Jersey truck driver defeated a top state Senate power broker on less than $10,000
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, one of New Jersey’s most powerful Democrats, has lost his re-election bid to a little-known trucker.
The results had Sweeney trailing Durr by about 2,000 votes. Durr on Thursday pushed back on an oft-repeated storyline that his campaign spent less than $200 to unseat the senate president. Durr says he spent somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000 in the campaign. An Oct. 26 filing with the state’s Election Law Enforcement Commission shows a $153 expense for the 3rd District Republicans’ joint campaign, covering the cost of food for poll workers and campaign literature.
Spending $2,300, GOP newcomer Ed Durr beats top NJ lawmaker
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey’s longtime state Senate president, Democrat Steve Sweeney lost reelection. Edward Durr, a furniture company truck driver and first-time officeholder, defeated Sweeney in New Jersey’s 3rd Legislative District, according to results tallied Thursday. “I joked with people and I said, ‘I’m going to shock the world, I’m going to beat this man,'” Durr said Wednesday afternoon. “I was saying it, but really kind of joking. Because what chance did a person like me really stand against this man? He’s literally the second-most powerful person in the state of New Jersey.”
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