With Gov. Murphy Out Of State & Lt. Gov. In Hospital, Senate President Is Acting Governor

The role of acting governor now falls to a legislator.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver speaking in 2022. File photo.

A unspecified health problem has activated New Jersey’s line of succession for the role of governor.

With Gov. Murphy out of the state until August 13 for a vacation in Europe, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver became the acting governor over the weekend.

However, the governor’s office said Monday that Oliver, 71, was taken to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Essex County and was incapable of fulfilling her acting governor duties.

As specified in the state constitution, Democratic Senate President Nicholas Scutari will now take on the role of acting governor.

“Pursuant to Constitutional mandates, I have again assumed the responsibilities of Acting Governor with a commitment to faithfully discharge the duties of the Office,” Scutari said in a statement. “I want to extend my best wishes to Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver for a rapid and healthy recovery. We look forward to her return.”

No details on Oliver’s medical condition were available as of Monday afternoon.

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