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Former Lincoln Project adviser ripped for elitist tweet mocking NJ trucker who beat top Dem

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Former Lincoln Project advisor Tom Nichol, who is a current contributing writer for The Atlantic, was blasted online after he sent a patronizing tweet mocking Edward Durr, a New Jersey truck driver who upset the state’s long-serving Democratic Senate president on Tuesday.

Durr, who ran as a Republican, had a lead of more than 2,000 votes over state Sen. Steve Sweeney on Thursday when The Associated Press called the race. Sweeney has served in the New Jersey Senate for more than 20 years and was one of the state’s most prominent Democrats; he has been president of the chamber since 2010.

Durr said the one motivating factor that led him to get into politics was the state’s refusal to grant him a concealed carry permit for a firearm.

“So, the guy who defeated the NJ Senate president ran because he was denied a concealed carry permit. I’m sure this will all go very well and produce a fine, informed legislator,” Nichols noted on Twitter.

Several people ripped Nichols in response, with some social media users noting that someone’s constitutional rights being “infringed” upon is more than enough reason to run for office, while others said they would like to see more Americans make similar decisions.

“When some people have issues with existing laws they take their vexations to Twitter, others run for office to try to actually do something,” noted journalist Harry Khachatrian.

Others joined in as well.

In an interview with Fox News this week, Durr credited the people of New Jersey for his victory.

“I didn’t beat him. We beat him,” Durr said.

“The state of New Jersey, the people of New Jersey beat him. They listened to what I had to say and I listened to what they had to say, and it’s a repudiation of Governor Murphy [who] went and locked us down and ignored the people’s voice and senator Sweeney chose to do nothing for those 18 months,” the trucker added.

“You cannot tell people they can’t have a job. You can’t tell people they can’t go to church, and that’s what was done. And there was nothing done by the legislature, so this was the people’s voice being made heard clear.”

Jon Dougherty

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