Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy Taps Sheila Oliver as Running Mate

Credits: John Henry - SOTI
Credits: John Henry - SOTI
Credits: John Henry - SOTI
Credits: John Henry - SOTI

EAST ORANGE, NJ - A large delegation of East Orange residents along with supporters from all around the State of NJ gathered at 744 Broad Street in Newark full of excitement and anticipation at the announcement that one of our very own would be named as Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy’s running mate in the state’s upcoming November election. 

The East Orange delegation, along with the other attendees, responded with delight at the formal announcement by Murphy that Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver would indeed run with him and serve as his Lieutenant Governor should he be successful in his bid for the office of NJ Governor in November. Murphy declares,”She's going to be an active, contributing member of our administration, I'm incredibly honored to have her by my side." 

Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver  has a long history of service in East Orange. She served on the East Orange Board of Education from 1994 to 2000, chosen as its Vice President from 1998 to 1999 and President from 1999 to 2000. She served on the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for one term from 1996 to 1999. In 1997, she launched a competitive campaign for mayor in East Orange, losing the election by only 51 votes to Mayor Robert L. Bowser.

But more than the offices she’s held, she’s been a ‘constant presence in the community’, explains Rita Butts, Manager of East Orange Senior Services. “Speaker Oliver has been a friend to East Orange, especially focused on issues involving children and education. I’m looking forward to seeing what initiatives she will introduce as Lieutenant Governor once she’s in office.” 

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