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Message from the United Nations which is running this climate summit in Glasgow that's NPR's Frank Langford with me here in Scotland Thanks Frank Good to talk Our cup 26 coverage this week from Glasgow was produced by Noah Caldwell and Mia vin cat with editing by Ashley Brown You're listening to all things considered from NPR news Today in New Jersey the Republican challenger for governor has conceded the race to democratic incumbent Phil Murphy But the second most powerful Democrat in the state the president of the state Senate was toppled by an unknown truck driver with a sordid history of offensive tweets from member station WNYC Nancy Solomon reports on the race that turned out to be the real stunner in New Jersey Republican Edward dirt drives a furniture delivery truck for work and a Harley for fun He only spent a few $1000 on the race standing outside his small blue House He says he was utterly surprised It didn't happen because of me I'm nobody I'm absolutely nobody I'm just a simple guy It was the people That nobody and a surge of Republican voters in south Jersey took down Steve Sweeney a barrel chested bear of a man who ruled the state Senate for 12 years He was the top lieutenant for the most powerful Democratic Party boss in New Jersey if not the whole country George norcross runs a political machine that had the largest voting block in the state legislature and Sweeney kept them in line I think Steve Smith lost mostly because the south stars in the machine did not run a campaign They didn't spend any money They didn't try Sue Altman is director of New Jersey working families alliance She lives in Camden the heart of the norcross empire And she's been a thorn in his side Norcross and Sweeney worked closely with Republican governor Chris Christie and later blocked many initiatives of the progressive governor Phil Murphy They're not super enthusiastic about Murphy's second term We know based on their path history that they work just fine Thank you very much with Republican governors A week before the election Sweeney said he thought Murphy's double digit lead was going to be much smaller But Elizabeth Trinidad a democratic voter and a lawyer and Sweeney's district says Sweeney didn't seem concerned about his own reelection There was no getting out the vote presents It would have been noticeable No door knocking few lawn signs and nary a robocall They didn't even publicize something opposition researchers would have readily found about the Republican truck driver a history of racist and islamophobic posts on Twitter But Trinidad says without Donald Trump on the ballot and the governor leading by double digits in the polls Democrats had less reason to vote You know it's not like I've run into people you know at the post office at the grocery store and everybody's complaining about Steven Sweeney That's not the case But Republicans were motivated Party turnout in the district was way up Republican operative Steve kush worked in the district Well I can sum this up in four words Phil Murphy Joe Biden Sweeney lost by a little more than 2000 votes Nor cross told a few newspapers that the losses show governor Murphy and the Democratic Party are too far to the left But locals in south Jersey like Logan township mayor Frank miner say voters are fed up We want people that are not pleasant fealty to the machine anymore but people who feel to the interest and the concerns of the people who are Democrats in this region The new Republican state senator Ed de will be a backbencher in the minority party And today Democrats chose their next Senate president But this time governor Phil Murphy was at the table and that could mean he'll pivot from near defeat to a much stronger alliance than the legislature And that spells trouble for the norcross machine For NPR news I'm Nancy Solomon This is all things considered from NPR news And at 5 48 it's all things considered on 90.1 ABE where ATL meets NPR I'm Jim barres The Weeknd officially beginning and it is going to be a cold one We will detail that in just a moment but right now in Jackson watch out for construction causing delays on 85 southbound at the Jefferson Gainesville exit also in Marietta the left shoulder is blocked on 75 southbound at north myriad of Parkway due to a collision I'm Greg Dalton On the next climate one a former Patagonia executive on conscious capitalism If you could create food and fiber with regenerative farming then that creates healthy soils which pull carbon out of the air and start back.

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