Sheila Oliver, who served as interim governor of New Jersey while Democratic Governor Phil Murphy was out of the country, has passed away at the age of 71.
Oliver, a stalwart in New Jersey politics, was selected to manage the state while Murphy was on vacation in Italy.
CBS News reported on Monday evening that Oliver was hospitalized for an undisclosed medical condition.
Tuesday afternoon, her family issued a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, confirming her untimely demise.
Statement from Lieutenant Governor Oliver’s Family. pic.twitter.com/ww2nH7J6F3
— New Jersey (@NJGov) August 1, 2023
“It is with incredible sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of the Honorable Sheila Y. Oliver, Lieutenant Governor of the State of New Jersey,” her family said.
Oliver’s family described her as a “distinguished public servant” and a “cherished daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and hero.”
“As we come to terms with this profound loss, we kindly request that you respect the privacy of the Oliver family during this difficult time as they grieve their beloved Sheila,” the statement continued. “Sheila Y. Oliver leaves behind a legacy of dedication, service, and inspiration.”
Her family determined:
“We will remember her commitment to the people of New Jersey and her tireless efforts to uplift the community. Further information and details regarding memorial arrangements will be provided in due course. Until then, we appreciate your understanding and support. May her memory be a source of comfort and strength to all who knew her.”
Murphy also issued a statement regarding the passing of his campaign colleague and political advisor. CONTINUE READING…