NJ Politics Digest: Murphy, Guadagno Pick Running Mates

Phil Murphy. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

They haven’t made it official, but both gubernatorial candidates have picked their running mates, sources have told Observer.

Democrat Phil Murphy is going with former Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver to join the Democratic ticket as the candidate for lieutenant governor. Murphy has scheduled a 9:30 a.m. news conference in Newark to formally announce his running mate.

Oliver, the first African American woman to lead the state Assembly, brings diversity and more than two decades of political experience to the Democratic ticket. Murphy, by contrast, is an ex-Goldman Sachs executive who has never held elected office. Both represent two starkly different currents in the Democratic Party.

On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is expected to name Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo as her running mate in the governor’s race. Rendo would bring diversity to the ticket as the only Republican Hispanic mayor in New Jersey. But he does not have the level of experience or name recognition as Oliver.

Quote of the Day: “Cory Booker answered questions about the Sharknado movie on Twitter, but, he wouldn’t tell New Jerseyans whether he will oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare.” – Sheila Oliver in 2013.

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NJ Politics Digest: Murphy, Guadagno Pick Running Mates