Governor-elect Murphy thanks voters for election victory

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, right, and Lt. Gov.-elect Sheila Oliver greet supporters at their victory party Tuesday night in Asbury Park, Monmouth County. Oliver will head up Community Affairs.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver has been sworn in as lieutenant governor of the state.

Oliver, a Democrat, was sworn in Tuesday at a ceremony where Democrat Phil Murphy is being sworn in as governor to replace Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Oliver will head the state's Department of Community Affairs and will serve as acting governor whenever Murphy is out of state.

She mentioned after the swearing in during a speech that she looks forward to ensuring housing affordability and safety, working with municipal leaders to advocate for fair funding and to helping people who have yet to return to their homes after Hurricane Sandy.

She then referenced ending the state takeover of the city, saying she will help work toward “getting Atlantic City back on its feet and free of state intervention.”

It was met with a round of applause from the audience.

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