Oliver noncommittal about third term as Speaker

TRENTON – Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver is waiting until after the November elections until announcing whether she plans to seek a third term in the leadership role.

Oliver, who faces off with three other Democrats in a special primary election next week, indicated she doesn’t intend to make her intentions clear until the fall. She is serving her second term as speaker and has been rumored to be mulling whether to pass the torch.

“I haven’t made a decision,” she told PolitickerNJ, affirming she has not made up her mind on whether she plans to seek a third term.

“After the November elections is when we really begin to deal with that,” she said. “I’m going to wait to see what we do.”

Oliver is vying for a U.S. Senate seat against Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Congressmen Rush Holt and Frank Pallone. Polls, which have consistently shown Booker maintaining a commanding lead, indicate Oliver is least likely out of the contenders to clinch the party’s nomination.

However, Democratic sources told PolitickerNJ in June that Oliver’s bid for the U.S. Senate signals she won’t be back at the head of the chamber. Oliver noncommittal about third term as Speaker