By Max Pizarro |
August 4, 2023, 1:51 pm | in News
Governor Phil Murphy today at a press conference (see below) in Trenton told reporters he has not made a decision regarding a successor to the late Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, who headed the state’s Department of Community Affairs.
“I’m obligated to make a decision within 45 days of her passing,” said Murphy. “All of our energies are focused on a proper farewell to Sheila. It is historic, given the historic person she was.
“This incredible leader. This incredible human being. We will focus on nothing over the next eight days more than sending her off with the sort of send-off she so richly deserves. The decision to ask Sheila to be my running mate six years ago almost uncannily to the day, was the best decision I ever made. God rest her soul.”
“Please keep Sheila and all of her family in your prayers,” Murphy said.
Three-Day Celebration of Life Will Take Place from Thursday, August 10 through Saturday, August 12
The official New Jersey State Funeral and Memorial Service for Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Saturday, August 12, 2023.
The New Jersey State Funeral and Memorial Service will follow two days when Lieutenant Governor Oliver will lie in state in both the Rotunda of the New Jersey State Capitol and the Essex County Historic Courthouse. The three-day “Celebration of Life” will pay tribute to Lieutenant Governor Oliver’s extraordinary life and legacy of public service.
“As we come together in shared mourning over the loss of our family member and friend Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, we will remember the legacy she leaves behind as a changemaker and trailblazer,” said Murphy. “Together, we will honor and celebrate her remarkable contributions to the state she loved, recognizing the profound impact she had on the millions of people who call New Jersey home.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: InsiderNJ took the picture above of Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver in 2017, when Murphy formally unveiled his choice as a running mate: the former Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly.