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State Sen. Richard Codey (D-Roseland), a former governor of New Jersey

Codey voices no opposition to Senate’s Alvarez probe

Former governor is Murphy’s top legislative ally

By Nikita Biryukov, October 18 2018 3:28 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy has few allies in the legislature, and none of them have so far been named as members of the select committee that will investigation his administration’s hiring of former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez.

Their absence might not end up mattering much, as former Gov. Richard Codey, a state senator and Murphy’s chief ally in the Senate, didn’t have any issue with the legislature launching its Alvarez investigation.

“They’re doing what they’re doing. We’ll find out what they find out,” Codey told the New Jersey Globe on Thursday. “The truth will come out, that’s all.”

“It’s their right to do so,” Codey said when asked if the legislature was in the right to conduct hearings into Alvarez’s hiring and the sexual assault allegations made against him by Katie Brennan, chief of staff at the state’s housing issue.

There’s not much to defend Murphy from at this point, as it’s not yet clear who knew what and when regarding Alvarez’s hiring , so it’s possible Codey will wind up protecting Murphy down the line.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has said his chamber would join in on the select committee, but he has yet to announce which Assembly members will be part of the committee

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