An average citizen has dethroned the Democratic New Jersey Senate president.
And the Republican managed to win on a shoestring budget.
You’ll want to hear how a truck driver took down a top Democrat boss.
When Republican truck driver Edward Durr set out to defeat New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney he had just a $6,000 budget.
Durr’s win was so unexpected that The New Jersey Globe was forced to retract its article calling the race for Sweeney early on Tuesday night. They retracted the call at 1:11 a.m. when it was clear the Democrat candidate was losing.
The race result was even more unexpected because Republicans spent millions trying to unseat Sweeney back in 2017.
Sweeney’s loss is a major upset since he was one of the most powerful players in New Jersey state politics.
“Just about every major legislative initiative over the course of Phil Murphy’s and Chris Christie’s governorships required Sweeney’s assent.” The Inquirer reported.
Durr explained that his ultimate reason for running was family.
“When somebody’s messing with your family, you’ll do anything,” he said to Breitbart News. “The governor was messing with people’s families. When you mess with somebody’s job, their livelihood, their home, their children — people just won’t take that.”
Durr said that a large factor in his victory was New Jersey’s strict coronavirus policies.
“It was the combination of a governor who acts like a king, and a Senate president who acts like a court jester, and does nothing. That made it very easy to convince people they were not being paid attention to. And when they got ignored, they got angry.”
Durr gave up his long-haul trucking and instead worked local routes close to home so that he could spend all his free time campaigning with a few volunteers.
“I walked three to four hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Saturdays and Sundays, I walked six to eight hours. We usually had half a dozen volunteers. One time we went out and we had twelve to thirteen go out with us,” he recalled proudly to Breitbart.
“Trust me, plenty days I did not feel like walking. It was too hot, my ankles and my feet hurt — I’m not a young man anymore, and I have gout, and plantar fasciitis — it was a hard thing.
“But it was well worth it, because it allowed me the opportunity to talk to every person I could possibly talk to, and understand what they were feeling, and get the pulse.”
Durr said that his first fight will be for special needs children who “aged out” of their special needs programs while schools were closed.
He said he also is going to work to help businesses that were ruined by New Jersey’s pandemic policies.
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