Senate President Steve Sweeney is set to concede his re-election defeat on Wednesday and Democrats have scheduled an election this Friday to choose his successor, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Nicholas Scutari, the current Senate Judiciary chairman, has a lock on the position, a New Jersey Globe tally shows, but still must face a vote. State Sen. Nia Gill is challenging him in a bid to become the first woman and first person of color to serve as Senate President.
Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz is set to become the state’s first Latina majority leader, although a Star-Ledger editorial is trying to push her into the Senate President race.
Republican Edward Durr ousted Sweeney, a senator for the last 20 years and the longest-serving legislative leader in New Jersey history, in last week’s election. He now has a 2,212-vote lead over Sweeney in the 3rd legislative district.
Sweeney had scheduled an announcement for today – which was expected to be a concession – but that event never occurred.