N.J. Democrat Phil Murphy to pick ex-speaker Oliver as running mate in race to succeed Christie

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Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee and front-runner to succeed Gov. Christie, will pick former Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver as his running mate.



Murphy, 59, a former Goldman Sachs banker and ambassador to Germany under President Barack Obama, is expected to make an official announcement on Wednesday morning in Newark, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Murphy is running against Christie’s No. 2, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, in November’s general election.


Murphy’s decision was first reported by Insider NJ.





Oliver, 65, has served in the state Assembly since 2004 and was speaker from 2010 to 2013. As the highest-ranking member in the Democratic-controlled Legislature’s lower house, Oliver broke with the majority of her party in supporting Republican Christie’s changes to the pension and health benefit systems for public workers.

Oliver, an Essex County administrator, became speaker as part of a deal arranged by her boss, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, and George E. Norcross III, the South Jersey insurance and hospital executive and political power broker.

South Jersey Democrats aligned with Norcross were also essential in pushing through Christie’s pension and benefit changes, which required workers to contribute more money toward their retirement and raised the retirement age, among other provisions.

Oliver eventually fell out of favor and was replaced by Vincent Prieto, the current speaker. She unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2013 in the Democratic primary won by former Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, who still holds the seat in Washington.
























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