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Honoring Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver When Sheila Oliver agreed to join our first campaign together, I knew I had found my perfect partner in government. But what I didn’t know—at least, yet—was that I had also found a sister. That became fully apparent on July 24, 2017—the day that Sheila and I met for the first time as running mates. That evening, Sheila joined me, Tammy, and our kids in Newark’s historic Ironbound, to break bread and celebrate the beginning of our journey together. It was the moment she became an honorary member of the Murphy Family.And every day since that dinner, I relied on Sheila. I leaned on her legislative expertise, I followed her moral compass, and I tried my best to live up to the gold standard she set every day as the rockin’-est member of my cabinet—which, wasn’t easy, given her flawless sense of style. By now, almost everybody knows about Sheila the trail-blazer. Throughout her more than five decades of service to New Jersey, she broke one glass ceiling after another—as the first Black woman to serve as Speaker of the General Assembly, the first woman of color elected to statewide office in our state’s history, and the highest-ranking Black woman to ever serve the people of New Jersey. But I want to tell you a little bit about Sheila the changemaker. Because, more than anything, Sheila was a daughter of Newark. Her journey into public service began on the eve of her 15th birthday—when her city erupted into

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