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State Sen. Edward R. Durr at a rally in Trenton in December 2021. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Durr endorses Kovic in NJ-11

Senator who ousted Sweeney takes sides in GOP race to challenge Sherrill

By David Wildstein, January 24 2022 11:33 am

State Sen. Edward Durr (R-Swedesboro), the giant killer who unseated Senate President Steve Sweeney last year who has become a sort of folk hero among New Jersey Republicans, has endorsed Robert Kovic for the GOP nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district.

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“Only a few months ago I was the one asking for endorsements, now I’m being very selective in giving them,” said Durr.  “I’ve met Rob, broken bread with Rob and chatted with him on the phone. I am confident that Rob Kovic is the conservative Republican we need to get behind.”

An attorney and former Ridgefield Park councilman who now lives in Sussex County, Kovic is one of seven announced candidates to take on Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).

“Rob has clearly stated the people want medical freedom, not government mandates and he has said we need to celebrate American greatness and not apologize for it,” stated Durr.  “Most importantly, Robert Kovic has promised to always honor our Constitution.”

Kovic has already received support from retired U.S. Army General Michael Flynn and Richard Grenell, the former acting director of National Intelligence.  He has also hired Steve Kush, the GOP strategist who ran campaigns for Durr and two newly-elected assemblywomen in the 3rd legislative district, Beth Sawyer (R-Woolwich) and Bethanne McCarthy Patrick (R-Mannington).

“This campaign has always been about ending the radical left’s march toward socialism,” Kovic said.  “Senator Ed Durr will be a terrific partner in that fight.”

Sherrill has more than $5 million cash-on-hand for her re-election campaign.  Kovic has struggled to raise money.  He raised $13,215 during the fourth quarter of 2021 and has brought in $38,814 since entering the race in April.

He has $15,424 in the bank as of December 31, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The Republican field remains crowded and unsettled.

Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham) and Morris County Surrogate Heather Darling, both proven vote-getters, are mulling a run.  Also in the race: Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen, former Kinnelon Council President Larry Casha, former assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot, attorney Larry Friscia, Iraq War U.S. Army veteran Toby Anderson, and screenwriter Hillery Brotschol.

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