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Sheila Oliver is one tough lady. As the first African American Lt. Governor of New Jersey, the outspoken native of Newark seldom backs down from a spirited discussion about business, education, politics--or justifying her place as the most powerful person of color in the Garden State.

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This year’s top stories in New Jersey

A setback is a set up for a comeback. This will likely become the mantra for New Jerseyans when reflecting on 2017.

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African American Chamber of NJ holds anniversary celebration

Dozens of business leaders were among about 100 people that attended the annual year-end holiday celebration by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) recently in Plainsboro.

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Recreational marijuana could be legal in New Jersey next year

While it may be crass to promote grass, that's exactly what Governor-elect Phil Murphy did throughout his campaign—making the prospect of legalized recreational marijuana becoming law in New Jersey as early as next year, according to dozens of state and local legislators.

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Murphy vows to end state takeover of Atlantic City

Frank Gilliam elected new mayor of the resort city

It's been a year since the state took over control of Atlantic City--and Nov. 7 voters played the odds and won and elected Atlantic City as City Council President Frank Gilliam over Republican incumbent mayor Don Guardian to assume the reins of the beleaguered South Jersey resort city.

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Menendez slams federal prosecutors

The federal corruption trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez ended in a mistrial last week in a Newark courtroom—ending widespread speculation th

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Governor-elect Phil Murphy gets to work

Sheila Oliver named commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs

Just days after his overwhelming win as New Jersey's new governor, Democrat Phil Murphy has appointed Lieutenant Governor-elect Sheila Oliver to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). He has also named a staffer to former governor Jon Corzine to manage his transition team, officials recently announced.

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Phil Murphy wins New Jersey governor’s race

Sheila Oliver becomes New Jersey's first African American Lt. Governor

Democrat Phil Murphy will be the next governor of New Jersey—soundly defeating current lieutenant governor and longtime Chris Christie ally Kim Guadagno in one of only two governor's race in the country.

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Ex-police chief indicted on hate crimes

A white former New Jersey police chief charged with assault, slurs against African Americans

A retired ex-police chief in South Jersey used excessive force against a young African American man and regularly referred to African Americans as the N-word and other racial slurs, according to a federal complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in Camden.

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African American Chamber of NJ honors corporate donors

More than 150 people attended a corporate awards dinner hosted by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) recently in Garfield to pay homage to some of the organizations' top corporate contributors.

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