I am so excited that our Lieutenant Governor has decided to be here with us tonight,” Baskerville said. “She has been a mentor of mine for so long and this is not the first time that she has agreed to attend one of our community meetings because that’s what she does – she does people and she does it well.”
Other panelists included Montclair Mayor Robert D. Jackson, New Jersey Senators Nia H. Gill and Ronald L. Rice, Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin, Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill, Montclair Municipal Prosecutor Joseph C. Angelo, New Jersey Medical Association President Dr. Cynthia Y. Paige, Marijuana Business Association Director of Public Relations Stu Zakim, and Montclair High School Class of 2014 Graduate Frank Barnes III.
“In Trenton, Governor Murphy lovingly refers to Montclair as ‘The Republic of Montclair’ and he does that because the citizens of Montclair are activists and always engaged, always involved, and Montclair runs a government in and of itself,” Oliver said. “It’s always a pleasure to be here. I served in Montclair for 15 years as your Assemblyperson alongside of Assemblyman Giblin, so I’m no stranger to Montclair and its neighborhoods and its people.”