Republican Truck Driver Beats Sweeney in N.J. Election

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New York|Stephen Sweeney, N.J. Senate President, Loses to Republican Truck Driver

Mr. Sweeney, the 2nd astir almighty lawmaker successful New Jersey and a Democrat, mislaid his bid for re-election against Edward Durr, a operator for a furnishings chain.

Stephen Sweeney, who withstood an costly  effort  to unseat him successful  2017, mislaid  to an hostile  who was severely  outfunded.
Credit...The Press of Atlantic City, via Associated Press

Nick Corasaniti

Nov. 4, 2021Updated 12:29 p.m. ET

For astir a decade, Stephen M. Sweeney, the 2nd astir almighty lawmaker successful New Jersey, seemed genuinely unassailable. He boasted heavy ties to the astir feared governmental powerfulness broker successful the authorities and unyielding enactment from the influential gathering commercialized unions. Four years ago, the state’s teachers national spent much than $5 cardinal to unseat him. He won by 18 points.

This year, his challenger was Edward Durr, a motortruck operator for Raymour & Flanagan, a furnishings chain, who had ne'er earlier held office. His run video was changeable connected a smartphone.

Yet Mr. Sweeney, the State Senate president and a Democrat, was ousted successful a shocking governmental upset by Mr. Durr, a Republican, arsenic voters opted for a governmental chartless successful a effect that instantly rattled the governmental moorings of the state, which astir saw the ouster of Gov. Philip D. Murphy; the politician narrowly won re-election implicit his Republican challenger, Jack Ciattarelli.

But it was Mr. Sweeney’s nonaccomplishment that was possibly astir emblematic of the predicament facing Democrats successful suburban and exurban communities.

The Associated Press called the contention connected Thursday morning, arsenic Mr. Durr maintained a 2,298-vote pb implicit Mr. Sweeney with each precincts counted.

Though Mr. Sweeney’s territory successful the southwestern portion of the authorities has ne'er been profoundly bluish similar the northeastern counties, it has reliably elected a Democrat since its instauration successful 1973, prevention for 1 twelvemonth erstwhile the Democratic incumbent switched parties.

Largely composed of blue-collar suburbs and parts of the metropolis of Camden, Mr. Sweeney held a vise grip connected the territory done almighty allies and a decidedly mean record, playing to his inheritance arsenic an ironworker and national leader.

But arsenic enactment for Democrats evaporated successful the suburbs and exurbs successful some New Jersey and Virginia, Mr. Sweeney recovered himself without the working-class backing helium had truthful often relied on; being a Democratic lawmaker during an epoch of coronavirus lockdowns, mandates successful schools and dysfunction successful Washington was capable to erode what was erstwhile unshakable support.

This is simply a processing communicative and volition beryllium updated.

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