New Jersey’s long-serving Democrat Senate president concedes to truck driver Ed Durr

Last week’s red wave in Virginia was bad news for the Democrats, but the biggest upset of the year may have come hundreds of miles away from a previously obscure truck driver.

In a humiliating defeat, New Jersey’s longtime Democratic senate president, Steve Sweeney, has conceded at last to Republican Edward Durr, the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.

A fair vote

Durr created his campaign video with nothing more than a smartphone and spent a grand total of $153 on his primary bid, according to Fox News, and $6,000 against Sweeney.

Americans haunted by memories of the 2020 election were incredulous when Sweeney, who refused to concede despite media projections — considered in some circles a dangerous act of “insurrection” these days — said that 12,000 ballots had been “found.”

But the candidate has apparently realized the game is over. In a statement Monday, Sweeney congratulated Durr on his surprising victory in the race for the state’s 3rd District, attributing the outcome to a “red wave” that swept the Garden State.

According to the Washington Examiner, Sweeney had served in the 3rd District since 2002 and as Senate president since 2010.

“All votes have been fairly counted and I, of course, accept the results. I want to congratulate Mr. Durr and wish him the best of luck,” Sweeney said. “It has been an honor and privilege to represent them in the state Senate and to serve as the president of the state Senate.”

In the media’s crosshairs

The “red wave” in New Jersey, a state Joe Biden carried by 16 points last year, also saw Republican Jack Ciattarelli come close to unseating incumbent Democratic governor Phil Murphy, the Examiner noted, in an echo of Glenn Youngkin’s stunning triumph in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

Buoyed along by that tidal shift was Durr, who campaigned against “tyrant” Murphy and his draconian coronavirus policies.

“Now, the hard work begins, the voters have spoken,” the Republican said, according to the New Jersey Globe. “They don’t want Governor Murphy’s vision of making New Jersey the California of the east coast. I give the voters my promise that I will fight the tyranny that is Phil Murphy beginning on day one.”

Since vaulting into the national spotlight, Durr has come into the crosshairs of the media thought police. According to the Associated Press, he has apologized for social media posts dug up by hall monitors in the press, saying, “I’m a passionate guy and I sometimes say things in the heat of the moment.”

In those posts, he reportedly described the riot that took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6 as an “an unauthorized entry by undocumented federal employers” and compared supporters of COVID-19 vaccine mandates to Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust.

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