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

Sweeney, Assembly Democrats imperiled in the 3rd district

By Joey Fox, November 03 2021 1:11 am

The New Jersey Globe is retracting its call of the 3rd legislative district in favor of Democrats; in a major surprise, all three incumbent Democrats stand a significant chance of losing to their unheralded Republican foes.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) trails Republican Ed Durr, while Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro) and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro (D-Woolwich) are currently losing to Bethanne McCarthy-Patrick and Beth Sawyer.

If Sweeney in particular does indeed lose, it would constitute a political earthquake in the New Jersey legislature. Holding the Senate Presidency since 2010, Sweeney is the longest-serving legislative leader in state history, and seemed to have an iron grip on the 3rd district – until tonight, that is.

Final 3rd district results:

Durr 51.7% // Sweeney 48.3%

Sawyer 26.2%, McCarthy Patrick 26.1% // Burzichelli 24.0%, Taliaferro 23.6%

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