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History made as NJ’s first black female Assembly speaker is named

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LIVE FROM TRENTON : Sheila Oliver was sworn in Tuesday afternoon as the first African-American woman to lead a legislative house in New Jersey — and the second ever in the nation.

Gov.-Elect Christopher Christie is on hand for the historic event, as Oliver vows to focus on fixing the state’s finances and revamping property taxes as the Assembly’s 169th Speaker of the House.

Sheila Oliver

“We know we have many things to take care of,” Oliver said, “but nothing is more important than the people of New Jersey and nothing is more important to them and to me than jobs, the economy and property taxes.

“Those issues deserve our attention and they will get our attention.”

Oliver is intent on “establishing a business environment where companies already here in New Jersey want to stay and companies from other parts of the country want to join them.”

“As Assembly speaker, I want to create an environment where we can in a bipartisan nature address problems that face real people,” Oliver said. “After all, that’s what the people of New Jersey clearly want.

“They know we share their values of a quality education, access to health care, worker rights, creating a business friendly environment and providing as much tax relief as possible.”

Oliver pledged to conduct public meetings throughout the state so that residents and business owners could propose plans for improving the state’s economy.

“No idea is a bad idea,” she said. “We want to hear from as many people as possible.”

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