(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement upon learning of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela:
“In this age of many people being famous simply for bad behavior, it’s remarkable to consider the life of Nelson Mandela.
“This man wrongfully spent 27 years in prison yet emerged from that ordeal with a quiet strength powerful enough to heal a torn nation and bring people of all races and backgrounds together.
“He accomplished the seemingly impossible, and provided a model to the world of what it means to be a leader and to truly care about the wellbeing of everyone.
“His life and his accomplishments can never be forgotten.
“Along with the rest of the New Jersey General Assembly, I mourn the passing of this legendary man, but do so hoping his words and actions will always serve as examples to us all on how to make this world a better place.”