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Cammarano, Platkin, Braz called to testify on December 18

Legislative panel investigating Alvarez hiring asks six Murphy aides to appear

By David Wildstein, December 10 2018 4:10 pm

Six top officials in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration, including chief of staff Pete Cammarano, chief counsel Matt Platkin and deputy chief of staff Justin Braz, have been invited to testify before the New Jersey Legislative Select Oversight Committee on December 18, according to a letter sent by the panel’s counsel to the governor’s office and obtained by the New Jersey Globe.

Deputy chief counsel Parimal Garg, chief ethics counsel Heather Taylor, and Lizette Delgado-Polanco, the executive director of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, have also been invited to appear before the committee next week.

Last week, the committee heard the testimony of Katie Brennan, a Murphy administration official who alleges that Alvarez sexually assaulted her while both were working on the 2017 gubernatorial campaign.

Brennan said that she told Braz of the sexual assault the day after it happened, but asked the he keep the issue private.

After the election, Brennan says she asked Braz to alert the transition counsel that Alvarez, the deputy director of personnel for Murphy’s transition, that she had reported the assault to the Hudson County Prosecutor.  She believed that criminal charges against Alvarez were forthcoming.  Brennan asked not to be identified as the victim.

Eventually. the prosecutor declined to charge Alvarez.

Brennan said she later told Platkin and Garg that she had been raped.

In her testimony, Brennan cited news reports that Cammarano also knew about her allegations against Alvarez.

Later, Taylor reached out to Brennan. Because the alleged assault occurred before Alavarez was employed by the state, Taylor said the matter was not under her control, Brennan testified.

Polanco-Delgado, who is also the New Jersey Democratic State Committee vice chair, eventually became Alvarez’s boss when she replaced Charles McKenna at the authority.

The committee wants the governor’s office and the witnesses to produce all documents and electronic records previously requested by tomorrow.

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