TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Democrats in the New Jersey Senate have picked state Sen. Nicholas Scutari to be their new leader.

Scutari will replace current senate president Steve Sweeney, who lost his reelection.

Sweeney conceded the election this week to his Republican newcomer challenger, truck driver Ed Durr.

Sweeney, who served for 12 years, has been the state’s longest serving senate president.

CBSNewYork Team