August 9, 2023 •
New Jersey Governor to Choose Lieutenant Governor Successor
Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver died unexpectedly after a brief hospitalization on Tuesday, August 1.
At the time, Oliver was acting governor while Gov. Phil Murphy was out of the country.
In the absence of both Murphy and Oliver, the duties of acting governor went to Senate President Nicholas Scutari.
Oliver’s three-decade political career includes becoming the first Black woman to hold a New Jersey statewide elected office.
Under the state Constitution, Murphy now has 45 days to select a successor for Oliver’s elected position.
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