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Spending $2,300, Edward Durr ousts NJ Senate leader Sweeney

Steve Sweeney
Posted at 2:13 PM, Nov 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-04 18:52:38-04

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's longtime state Senate president, Democrat Steve Sweeney, has lost reelection, falling to a Republican newcomer who spent less than $2,300 on the race and leaving his party reeling.

Earlier reports showed Edward Durr spent $153.31 on his campaign, but The Associated Press reports a document filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission Thursday shows Durr spent $2,300.

Durr, a furniture company truck driver, and political newcomer defeated Sweeney in New Jersey's 3rd Legislative District.

Sweeney's defeat was unexpected and threw his party's legislative leadership contest into limbo.

According to the Associated Press, Sweeney postponed a Thursday meeting.

He was expected to return as Senate president, but it's unclear who will replace Sweeney as president, the news outlet reported.

According to the AP, Sweeney has served as Senate president since 2010.

In an interview, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said “It is stunning and shocking and I cannot figure it out."

Sweeney had successfully weathered a 2017 reelection battle in which the New Jersey Education Association spent millions trying to defeat him.

Messages seeking comment were left with Durr and Sweeney.