POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Sheila Oliver Pushes Back Against Would-be Challengers

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver fired back at members in her own party who are seeking to unseat her as speaker. At a press conference in Newark, fellow Essex County Democrats, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Joe DiVincenzo, stood by her side to rally support. While there are several members said to be vying for her position, the names of Assembly Majority Leader Joe Cryan and Assemblyman Vincent Prieto have come up as the most serious challengers. Some say that Oliver’s positions on pension reform and school vouchers may have weakened her stature within the Democratic caucus.