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NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the passing of Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver.

“This is a very sad day for the State of New Jersey.

“Lieutenant Governor Oliver was long established as a trailblazer in Trenton before representing Governor Murphy. Her dedication to underserved communities throughout her years of public service made a clear and lasting impact.

“Beyond being a loyal public servant to the state, especially in her leadership role with the Department of Community Affairs, Lieutenant Governor Oliver was also a strong and inspirational advocate for women business owners over the years. We were always appreciative of her working with NJBIA in our collective pursuit of advancing women’s leadership in our great state.

“NJBIA offers our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and the Murphy administration.”