Oust­ed New Jer­sey Sen­ate pres­i­dent enters gov­er­nor race to replace Phil Mur­phy

For­mer Demo­c­ra­t­ic New Jer­sey Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Steve Sweeney announced on Mon­day he is run­ning for gov­er­nor to replace the term-lim­it­ed Gov. Phil Mur­phy (D‑NJ) in 2025.
Sweeney was oust­ed from office after Edward Durr, a lit­tle-known Repub­li­can truck dri­ver who spent less than $200, defeat­ed him in the 2021 off-year elec­tions by few­er than 4 per­cent­age points, an unfore­seen loss that made nation­al head­lines.
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In his cam­paign announce­ment video, Sweeney point­ed to his daugh­ter, who was born with Down syn­drome, as to why he got involved in office and con­tin­ues to fight for New Jer­sey res­i­dents who have dis­abil­i­ties. His cam­paign announce­ment video also ref­er­enced his union iron­work­er back­ground, his sup­port for repro­duc­tive rights, his work on a “fair min­i­mum wage,” and his sup­port for mar­riage equal­i­ty.
“I will always put New Jer­sey’s kids, work­ing fam­i­lies, and seniors first. You know that’s who I’ll fight for because that’s who I’ve always fought for,” Sweeney said. “I am run­ning for gov­er­nor because New Jer­sey is worth fight­ing for.”

Today, I’m announc­ing my run for New Jer­sey governor.I was a union iron­work­er for years and became a pub­lic ser­vant afte …