Meet the NJ Senate Candidates: Sheila Oliver

Monday, June 17, 2013


Our series of first-round interviews with candidates in New Jersey special election continues. New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34th) discusses why she thinks she's the best candidate to fill Frank Lautenberg's seat.

Comments [18]

Jon from Essex County

take advantage? Buono? She can start by googling Walter Mondale's 1984 concession speech.
Maybe try and get on Jimmy Fallon and throw it down with the Guv. $12M is not a big enough number to get traction and it a loser issue to press. Sadly for Buono, she jumped onto this live grenade called Chris Christie's re-election/coronation with zero statewide party support. She is a solid public servant and deserves respect for taking on a suicide mission, but D's are going to hold their fire for the next round.

The sooner Christie gets Booker out of state level politics the happier they both are.

Jun. 17 2013 11:34 AM

Yes, Jay F., I *know* what literate means. It's Truth and Beauty who needs the definition. I *think* perhaps they meant 'ineloquent'.

Jun. 17 2013 11:30 AM
Jay F.

@RUCB alum:

literate |ˈlitərit|
(of a person) able to read and write.
• having or showing education or knowledge, typically in a specified area : eg. We need people who are economically and politically literate.

Jun. 17 2013 11:26 AM


Sorry, was someone speaking??

Jun. 17 2013 11:25 AM

As a registered Republican (the party is run by hacks I know), Booker's interview has come across as the best. The main republican running is off the rails crazy, Oliver is more about gender equality in elected positions than actual policy talk, Holt and Palone came across as pretentious, and Holt was ok, but nothing great.

Based off these interviews, I see Booker as the best candidate, but I won't commit my vote until I see them debate.

Jun. 17 2013 11:25 AM
Jon from Essex County NJ

'barely literate' is a low blow. Not a fan of hers but that is an out-of-bounds comment.

Jun. 17 2013 11:22 AM

Same question, 2.0....

Governor Christie is spending $12M of state money to hold this election three weeks BEFORE the general election for his office and for the legislature. Some voters think he is misusing public money to buy a Senate and Assembly that are friendly to the governor's agenda.

How does Barbara Buono best exploit what, to some NJ voters, seems like a waste of public money?

Jun. 17 2013 11:22 AM
john from office

I have heard her speak at rallys, she is buting on her best speaking voice, speak slowly and pronounce every word. Use big words in the wrong sentence. I woul dliek to hear her real voice.

Jun. 17 2013 11:21 AM

@Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

"I don't know who this Sheila Oliver is, but from what I am hearing, she is barely literate."

Literate means you can read. How can you tell that from a radio interview?

Jun. 17 2013 11:19 AM
Elaine from Baltimore

perfection in talking much and saying little!

Jun. 17 2013 11:17 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I don't know who this Sheila Oliver is, but from what I am hearing, she is barely literate. Do we need someone like this representing our electorate and setting a poor example for our students? I think not.

Jun. 17 2013 11:16 AM
Jon from Essex County NJ

what does Speaker Oliver bring that Mayor Booker does not? This candidacy is a stalking horse for Joe DiVincenzo and his Essex County Machine that looks to undercut Booker at every turn.

Jun. 17 2013 11:15 AM

Ms. Oliver sounds like a better candidate for governor than U.S. Senator, frankly....

Too bad NJ voters are so easily put off...

Jun. 17 2013 11:15 AM
john from office

This woman has zero chance of winning. Her role is to take away from Mr. Booker as the real "black" candidate.

Jun. 17 2013 11:13 AM
Nick from UWS

Another typical grease-mouthed politician, completely, physically, unable to answer a simple direct question with a direct answer, instead delivering an unending stream of self-referential mumbo jumbo that says absolutely nothing and gives no specific information. NEXT

Jun. 17 2013 11:13 AM

@njndirish: Look at that timing!


Jun. 17 2013 11:12 AM

Why is it "imperative that women seek office"?

The public is best served by representatives who are the most qualified, competenet and dedicated to an enlightened public good-- whatever gender, race, ethnicity or religion they happen to be.

Jun. 17 2013 11:11 AM

Gender, race, religion, orientation, etc, should not dictate who holds positions of power. Their policies and knowledge are what they should be measured by.

Jun. 17 2013 11:11 AM

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