Former Senate President Steve Sweeney has $1,042,928 cash-on-hand for a possible bid to reclaim the 3rd district Senate seat he unexpectedly lost last year to Republican Edward Durr (R-Swedesboro).
He has not said if he will in 2023 against Durr but has announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2025.
Sweeney had $593,313 left over after losing to Durr by 2,199 votes, 52%-48%, in one of the most stunning upsets in New Jersey history. Since then, Sweeney has raised $502,816 for his legislative campaign committee and spent $53,201, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
If Sweeney doesn’t run next year, the leading contender to for the Democrats to take on Durr is former Assembly Appropriations Committee Chairman John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro). A ten-term incumbent, Burzichelli lost his Assembly seat last year to Republicans Beth Sawyer (R-Woolwich) and Bethanne McCarthy-Patrick (R-Mannington).
Reports for Durr, who barely spent any money in his defeat of the longest-serving legislative leader in New Jersey history, have not yet been made public by ELEC.