New Jersey Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver dead at 71
New Jersey Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, the first black woman to serve as speaker of the state Assembly, died Tuesday after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.
Oliver, 71, was serving as acting governor this week while Gov. Phil Murphy was vacationing in Italy.
She was admitted to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston on Monday, Murphy’s office announced.
Oliver, a Democrat from Essex County, rose to the post of Assembly speaker in 2010 before losing the seat to Vincent Pietro in 2013, Fox16 reported.