CAMDEN, NJ – Steve Sweeney has held a firm grip on New Jersey’s state Senate since being elected Senate President. Now, he’s out of a job after trucker Ed Durr defeated the state’s most powerful Democrat 52% to 48% with a campaign account of just $153.
Durr earned 32,497 votes to Sweeney’s 32,268. Sweeney has been the face of New Jersey’s Democrats since taking his the senate president’s seat in 2010.
Although Durr raised $10,560 in campaign donations, his latest New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission report filed last week shows he spent just $153.31 to defeat Sweeney.
His expenses included a $66.64 bill at Dunkin Donuts to buy coffee and food for poll workers and an $86.67 bill at the UPS store to print flyers and palm cards.
On the other side of the aisle, Sweeney raised nearly one million dollars, $908,794, and spent $490,000 of it to lose. Sweeney received dozens of large donations from New Jersey’s top pay-to-play firms, political influencers and corporations, including Exxon, NJ Bankers, NJ Merchants Association, H&R Block, and multiple big union donations.