N.J. Assembly Speaker weighs political future

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

One of the U.S. Senate candidates in New Jersey is uncertain about her political future.

Democrat Sheila Oliver wants to win the Senate race, but if she doesn’t, she’s not sure she’ll seek another term as Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly.

Oliver says everyone should have the opportunity to move up the leadership ladder.

“In my caucus, including myself, there are 48 Democrats,” she said. “If we maintain our majority, I think that it’s important to allow other members in a rotation cycle to have the opportunity to step up.”

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Oliver has been the leader of the Assembly since January of 2010.

She survived a behind-the-scenes battle two years ago to maintain that role, and could face a new challenge if she decides to hang on to her position after the November election.

Oliver is competing in the Aug. 13 Democratic primary against Newark Mayor Cory Booker, U.S. Reps. Rush Holt and Frank Pallone. The Senate election takes place Oct. 16.

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