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Cammarano won’t testify on Friday

Ex-Murphy chief of staff unavailable for legislative committee hearing

By David Wildstein, January 17 2019 11:15 am

Pete Cammarano, Gov. Phil Murphy’s former chief of staff, will not appear before the the Legislative Select Oversight Committee on Friday, sources familiar with the probe confirm.

Murphy’s chief counsel, Matt Platkin, is expected to testify tomorrow and is likely the only witness.  Sources say Platkin’s testimony will probably last more than one day.

Cammarano has told the committee that he is not available to attend tomorrow’s hearing to investigate the Murphy administration’s hiring practices following accusations that former campaign/administration official Al Alvarez sexually assaulted Katie Brennan during the 2017 gubernatorial campaign.

Tuesday was Cammarano’s last day as chief of staff.  He had resigned in December but agreed to stay through Murphy’s State of the State address.

Cammarano testified for the second time last Thursday, but declined to return and face final questions from committee counsel Michael Critchley.   Cammarano’s attorney, Christopher Porrino, said that his client was tired and promised that he would come back on another date to answer Critchley’s questions.

Porrino and the committee are negotiating another hearing date, although sources suggest that Cammarano may need to be subpoenaed for the Legislature to compel his return.

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