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Cammarano denies Beach allegations

Character assassination ‘unwarranted and uncalled for,’ governor’s office says

By David Wildstein, January 11 2019 1:18 pm

The Murphy administration is denying allegations that chief of staff Pete Cammarano asked a state senator for help in getting a legislative panel probing the hiring of Al Alvarez to “ease up on him.”

“Senator Beach’s characterization of his conversation with Mr. Cammarano is not true,” said Dan Bryan, a spokesman for the governor.  “Pete has been completely honest and forthcoming cooperating with the legislative investigation and has spent hours upon hours testifying in front of the committee in good faith.”

State Sen. Jim Beach (D-Voorhees) said that Cammarano’s request came at the conclusion of a telephone conversation where the two spoke about Gov. Phil Murphy’s potential support of legislation he was sponsoring.

“Pete is a longtime public servant and this attempt at character assassination as he transitions to the private sector is unwarranted and uncalled for,” Bryan said.

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