Sheila Oliver's Long Shot for US Senate

Friday, August 09, 2013


Sheila Oliver made a name for herself as the first African American woman to lead a legislative house in New Jersey. Now she hopes to be the state’s first female U.S. Senator.

It’s a long shot. Newark mayor Cory Booker is way ahead in recent polls, carrying 54 percent of likely voters compared to Oliver’s 5 percent.

Still, Oliver says she has as much right to run any of her opponents. "Just because you have served in Congress as [Rush] Holt and [Frank] Pallone have, and just because Cory Booker has determined that's the next stop he wants in his career, that doesn't mean you automatically get to do that," she says.

New Jersey’s US Senate primary is Tuesday.

To listen to the whole story about Oliver, click on the audio link above.


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Oh brother! Given Booker's record, it's kind of amazing that he hasn't been run out of town. I'm sorry to say this but I really believe the good people of Newark, Patterson, Camden, Elizabeth, Plainfield, and Trenton will vote for Booker because he's African-american, NOT because he's done a damned thing for anyone except himself.

Aug. 12 2013 11:09 AM

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