They’ve made all this possible with their sacrifice and support. And I hope they can enjoy this moment and this process as much as I am.
This campaign, this effort, has been a joyous journey, because it is clear to me from the Jersey shore to the highlands, across New Jersey our people want a better world. They want a brighter future, a just and safe community. Make no mistake, the spirit of community is alive and well in New Jersey.
Another thing — and this is important. This campaign has always been about a purpose, a purpose greater than personal recognition, power or special interests.
This effort has been about the joy of making sure that we serve our children; to make sure that they have an education that lifts them up in life; that they have quality health care. I will fight for those things in the United States Senate.
This effort has been a joyous journey because its purpose is to serve our seniors, our veterans, our greatest generation, who has given us the opportunity of this great prosperity in America.
And this journey has been joyous because its purpose is to demand of America inclusion for everyone; an America where every person has access at the American promise, just like my family and I have had. We need to fight for that.
On this score, we need to develop a more perfect union.
Finally, this campaign has been a joyous journey because in my heart, this is only the beginning. We are just entering the fray. This is the beginning, not the end. People and purpose will be the hallmarks of my service in the United States Senate, the focus of every day of my six-year term. To each New Jersey citizen I say, “Hold me accountable to that pledge.”
Now understanding the hour is late. We’ve had a little to-ing and fro-ing going on tonight, I want to say a few thanks. There really are too many people to thank. And I will not be able to get all of it out.
I want you to all know, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate everything everyone has done. I know that no one does anything in life by themselves. They do it because they join hands. They lift each other up together. That’s what this election has been about. That’s what this process is about. And I want your help to make that happen in the next six years.
First of all, let me thank the voters of New Jersey. Again, I appreciate your confidence. I will not betray that confidence.
Next, I want you to know that the elected officials, many of them who are on the stage tonight, have made a terrific difference. Actually from the United —f rom President Clinton all the way down to the mayors of our towns and the council people, have reached out and made a difference.
I would be remiss, though, if I didn’t single out two particular ones. First of all, Frank Lautenberg, who has been a great, great senator.
No one has worked harder, no one has given more, or no one has put New Jersey first more than Frank Lautenberg. And I look forward to working with him in the years ahead to fulfill the legacy that he has put in place.
Let me also thank Senator Torricelli, who is working down in Washington to make a great difference.
I look forward to being his partner. I look forward to being his friend and I know together we will deliver for the state of New Jersey.