Democrats Pick Lt. Gov For November Election

Jul 26, 2017

Former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy picks Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver to be his Lieutenant Governor on November’s Democratic gubernatorial ticket.
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Former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy picks Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver to be his Lieutenant Governor on November’s Democratic gubernatorial ticket.

“Sheila Oliver shares my vision for a state that once again is fair, is just, is welcoming, is inclusive, and has an economy that not only grows, but ensures that everyone can participate in that growth,” Murphy said.  “Sheila has the breadth of experience needed to meaningfully contribute to turn our state around.”

Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver spent two terms as speaker and once ran to represent the democratic party to replace the late US Senator Frank Lautenberg.

A packed house of politicians, supporters, and reporters at Phil Murphy's democratic headquarters in Newark, New Jersey
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“I intend to be a very different Lieutenant Governor.  Unlike Kim Guadagno, I will spend every minute of my time working to make this state better,” Oliver said.  “That is why I am excited to be part of the Phil Murphy team.  That will focus on problem solving, not name calling.  Not disrespecting the citizens of this state.”

Politico reports that current Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will pick Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo as her Republican running mate in November’s election.