New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver was elected the state's first African-American governor in the state's long history.
Democrat Phil Murphy wins the New Jersey governor's race making his running mate, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, the state's first Black lieutenant governor. She is now the second highest-ranking official in the State of New Jersey. "I certainly know how the legislature works,” Oliver said during her campaign. “I certainly have relationships with 119 members of the state Legislature. And to run an effective government and to get things done, you need to cooperation in the state Senate, the general assembly and the executive branch.”