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Senate Democrats bash Murphy, but don’t call for investigation

Senators call allegations ‘alarming and disturbing’

By David Wildstein, October 15 2018 3:10 pm

The Democratic leadership in the New Jersey State Senate criticized Gov. Phil Murphy for failed accountability during his 2017 campaign for governor and the circumstances that led to his transition team putting Albert Alvarez in a top administration post but did not call for any legislative investigation.

“The continuing disclosures of alleged sexual assault and failed accountability during the gubernatorial campaign and into the new administration are alarming and disturbing,” Senate President Steve Sweeney, Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, and State Sens. Paul Sarlo, Teresa Ruiz, Sandra Cunningham and Nicholas Scutari said in a join statement.  “The conduct and behavior that has been described to this point cannot be ignored and the claims of the survivors must be taken seriously. If true, these are abuses of power that leave victims in their wake. The impact of any abuse is made worse by any failure to fully respond.”

The Senate statement follows allegations by Katie Brennan, a Murphy campaign volunteer that now serves in his administration, that Albert Alvarez raped her after a campaign event last year.

Murphy announced today that he had put former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero in charge of an internal probe.

“The people of New Jersey deserve a full and straightforward accounting of what happened during the campaign, what carried forward into the transition and what continued into the administration,” the seven Senators said.  “The unanswered questions multiply with each new allegation and assertion. We need to have a full accounting of what occurred, what complaints or accusations were made, what was done to get the full truth and what actions were taken in response.”

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