Sweeney Celebrates Senate Re-Election VictoryLast Edited:
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In one of South Jersey's many closely watched races this Election Day, the Third Legislative District Senate race appears to be over.
With current New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D., Gloucester) declaring victory over Republican Fran Grenier just around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7th, it looks as though Sweeney will continue to represent the Third Legislative District, which includes Salem and parts of Gloucester and Cumberland counties.
With unofficial results around 10:30 p.m. showing Sweeney with 61-percent of the vote and Grenier with 39-percent, the former spoke to SNJ Today from a victory party in Deptford.
When asked how he was feeling, he responded: “I feel very grateful that the people of my district ignored the negative ads and actually re-elected me by the largest margin that I’ve ever been elected to by the Senate.
"It’s rewarding, especially when you realize it started raining pretty heavily around 1 p.m. and I was like, 'Oh, my God! I can’t believe this is happening. It’s very rewarding because I feel like I really stand and work for the people that elected me and I’m not there to tell people what they want to hear.
"I’m there to try and lead and do the right things and I think it really came through today. I’m very grateful. I’m very grateful to the voters. It’s a margin I never dreamed of. It was much larger than I’ve ever dreamed."
Watch for more with the newly re-elected Senator tonight at 11:30 p.m on the SNJ Today Facebook Live Election Night Special.
Additional reporting by Jeff Schwachter.
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