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Tribute to Mayor Gibson: Gov. Phil Murphy

By David Wildstein, March 29 2019 11:13 pm

“I was saddened to learn earlier today of the passing of former Newark Mayor Kenneth Gibson. In the aftermath of the Newark Uprising, Mayor Gibson restored stability, promise, and pride to a city that needed all three. He was not only the first African-American mayor in Newark’s history, but the first to lead any major northeastern city and the first to serve as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. An engineer by training, Mayor Gibson focused on issues of economic equality, fair housing, and public health, and it was in his administration that a young woman named Sheila Oliver started her career in public service, as Director of the Office of Youth Services and Special Projects. The striving Newark of today first began to take shape under Mayor Gibson, and the city’s future successes will, in no small part, find their foundations in his work. Our prayers go out to his wife, Camille, and the entire Gibson family.”

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