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Senate President Steve Sweeney. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Senate Dems postpone leadership conference in light of close elections

By Joey Fox, November 03 2021 11:01 am

Due to a number of unresolved legislative races around the state, State Senate Democrats have chosen to delay a meeting on determining next session’s Senate leadership which was slated to be held tomorrow.

“Due to the closeness of several State Senate elections, the leadership caucus scheduled for tomorrow will be delayed,” Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) said. “The caucus will be rescheduled once the result of every Senate election is determined.”

The most important outstanding result is, of course, that in Sweeney’s own district. Sweeney was seen as the heavy favorite over Republican Edward Durr, but currently trails Durr by a narrow margin; if he does lose, Democrats will have to find a new Senate Majority Leader for the first time in nearly 12 years.

Also too close to call at the moment are Senate races in the 11th and 16th districts. Republicans appear to have flipped the 8th district’s Senate seat and held the 2nd district, already giving the party a net gain of at least one seat.

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