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Murphy picks Sheila Oliver to run for N.J. Lt. Gov.

 Sheila Oliver (left) stands next to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy (center) at Murphy's Newark headquarters (Ang Santos for NewsWorks)

Sheila Oliver (left) stands next to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy (center) at Murphy's Newark headquarters (Ang Santos for NewsWorks)

Former Goldman Sachs executive and Democratic nominee Phil Murphy has picked Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver to be his running-mate in November’s gubernatorial election. 

“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.”

Oliver spent two terms as speaker and after U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg died, she ran an unsuccessful campaign to replace him.  

A packed house of politicians, supporters, and reporters at Phil Murphy’s Democratic headquarters in Newark, New Jersey”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 Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will pick Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo as her Republican running mate in November’s election.

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