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State Sen.-elect Edward R. Durr, who defeated Senate President Steve Sweeney in the 3rd legislative district. (Photo: Fox 29 via Facebook).

Durr calls Murphy ‘a dangerous guy armed with a bunch of executive orders,’ blames Governor for Sweeney’s loss

New Republican senator waited for Sweeney to concede before making victory statement

By David Wildstein, November 10 2021 3:01 pm

State Sen.-elect Edward R. Durr (R-Logan), the giant slayer who ousted the longest-serving legislative leader in New Jersey history in an out-of-nowhere upset on November 2, today congratulated rival Steve Sweeney for his public service and said that Gov. Phil Murphy was the secret sauce to his win.

Sweeney, the “Master of the Senate,” conceded defeat at a Statehouse announcement on Wednesday.  Durr now leads the 20-year Senate veteran by 2,212 votes, 51.7%-48.3%.

Durr had maintained that all votes should be counted and waited for Sweeney to address the election results before delivering his own victory speech.

“My differences with Senate President Sweeney are political, not personal,” Durr said.  “The campaign is over, both sides said things the other did not like – that’s politics, and politics can get ugly.”

Durr said his real target when he begins his Senate term on January 11 is Murphy.

“The voters have spoken.  They don’t want a government ruled by a dangerous guy armed with a bunch of executive orders.  It angers people that Phil Murphy’s dangerous orders killed 10,000 residents in nursing homes.  They don’t want Governor Murphy’s vision of making New Jersey the California of the east coast,” Durr stated.  I give the voters my promise that I will fight the tyranny that is Phil Murphy beginning on day one.”

The newly-elected Republican senator also addressed xenophobic, anti-Muslim social media posts that were publicized after the election and said that he was meeting with officials representing the Council on American-Islamic Relations today.

“I know there are folks with concerns.  Let’s put those concerns to rest here and now,” Durr stated.  “I will represent all the people of my district, regardless of political affiliation, regardless of race, creed, color, or religion because this is America, the great melting pot.”

He also pledged to fight for all residents of his South Jersey district.

“It doesn’t matter what side of the tracks people come from,” said Durr.  “In this district people just want to live in decent comfort without fear of the financial future and don’t greatly mind what their neighbor does so long as it doesn’t interfere with their lives, and they want the least amount of government involvement in their lives as possible.”

The following is Durr’s full statement:

“I learned political campaigns are tough on a candidate’s family.  I am incredibly thankful to my wife. This whole thing has been tough on her.  Thanks to the media for finally leaving the front of our house.

Thank you to the voters for placing their trust in me.

This was truly a team effort.  Thank you especially to my running mates Bethanne McCarthy-Patrick and Beth Sawyer who are at work.

It was a good year for a lot of Republicans across the state and we are thankful to Jack Ciattarelli for his support.

Here in Gloucester County, we won our first county-wide races in over a decade, two Commissioners Chris Konawel and Nick DeSilvio and the county’s first Black sheriff, Jonathan Sammons.

Without the guidance of our fierce county chair Jacci Vigilante, the party’s political consultant Steve Kush, Camden County’s last Republican Freeholder-Director Joe Condo and Cumberland County Commissioner Doug Albrecht I would not be getting sworn in come January.

Many people have asked what was the secret to our success. I can answer that question in two words: Phil Murphy!

My differences with Senate President Sweeney are political, not personal.  I have said we should wait for every legal vote to be counted before a concession is offered or victory is declared.  All the legal votes have been counted in this district. It’s over.  I sincerely thank all who helped and the voters for placing their trust in me and our team.

As to Senate President Sweeney, the campaign is over, both sides said things the other did not like – that’s politics, and politics can get ugly.  While I have not agreed with Steve Sweeney politically, he still earned the right for me to wait for all the legal votes to be counted.  To Senator Sweeney, I congratulate you on a long career.  Who knows?  Maybe someday he and I can sit down and have a beer.

Now, the hard work begins.  The voters have spoken.  They don’t want a government ruled by a dangerous guy armed with a bunch of executive orders.  It angers people that Phil Murphy’s dangerous orders killed 10,000 residents in nursing homes. 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.

But this is about more than fighting the governor. We need to get to work on finding a fair school funding formula. We need to work to lower property taxes.  I will get to work with my colleagues in the senate on finding solutions to these problems.

I know there are folks with concerns.  Let’s put those concerns to rest here and now. I will represent all the people of my district, regardless of political affiliation, regardless of race, creed, color, or religion because this is America, the great melting pot.  I’m meeting with CAIR later today because it is important everyone understand and respect each other.

It doesn’t matter what side of the tracks people come from. In this district people just want to live in decent comfort without fear of the financial future and don’t greatly mind what their neighbor does so long as it doesn’t interfere with their lives, and they want the least amount of government involvement in their lives as possible.

I think working together, we can lower property taxes, help everyone prosper and stop the government from interfering in our lives.  That’s what I intend to do.”

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