Conservative Truck Driver Who Spent $153 on His Campaign Defeats Top Democrat in New Jersey Senate

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 4, 2021   |   12:16PM   |   Trenton, New Jersey

New Jersey Senate president Steve Sweeney has lost his legislative seat to a conservative truck driver who spent just $153 on his campaign.

Edward Dur, who calls himself a conservative Christian, has defeated the pro-abortion state Senator who is the longest serving legislative leader in the state’s history. With 100% of the votes tabulated, Durr defeated Sweeney 52-48%.

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A post-election campaign finance report filed after this story published shows a slate of three local candidates, including Durr, spent a little over $2,300 in the past year. A previous finance report had shown only $153 spent by the candidates.

“Well, I’m a numbers guy and I’ve looked at the numbers over the years,” Durr said in an August interview with conservative commentator Elizabeth Nader. “We have a district that is 150,000 voters. Senator Sweeney has never broken 32,000 votes … and so I felt if he can’t even get half the district, that means there’s numbers out there to be taken, and you just have to get people to come out and vote. I believe if they come out and vote, we could win,” Durr said.

“Not everybody has to have a lot of money to run. All they have to do is have a heart for the people, and he’s got a heart for the working people,” his mother, Gloria Durr, told NBC10 Wednesday. She also shared that her husband of 63 years, Edward Durr Sr., died just two weeks ago and that her son, despite being on the campaign trail, “was right there by his dad’s side throughout.”

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His Facebook bio reads simply that he is a “blue collar with a strong conservative belief”, and that he is “for lower taxes and fiscal responsibility.”

The conservative challenger said he encountered Sweeney and challenged him to a debate in October, but Sweeney reportedly declined.

Durr has been critical of Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly Murphy’s decision to force nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients, a decision which Durr says resulted in the deaths of 8,000 seniors in the state. He also says his opponent, Sweeney, spent 20 years doing little more than increasing taxes and the cost of living for New Jersey residents.