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Report: EDA official resigns over retaliation

By Nikita Biryukov, January 07 2019 2:12 pm

Allison Kopicki resigned from her post at the Economic Development Authority last week over retaliation she says she faced after speaking to a Wall Street Journal reporter about the environment of Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign, Politico NJ reported Monday.

“Unfortunately, since the fall, I have experienced a certain level of retaliation from members of the administration that is keeping me from doing my job effectively, including exclusions from meetings and being prevented from working on projects that I had been assigned to earlier this year,” Kopicki wrote in a resignation letter obtained by politico.

In October, Kopicki told the Wall Street Journal that former Murphy Deputy Campaign Manager Joe Kelly threw a chair at a wall while members of the campaign staff were present.

Kelly was investigated and cleared on allegations that he created a hostile work environment for women.

Kopicki’s resignation may exacerbate problems already Murphy already faces over another woman’s accusations of improprieties during the campaign.

Katie Brennan, chief of staff at the State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, has accused former Schools Development Chief of Staff Al Alvarez of sexually assaulting her in April 2017, when they were both part of Murphy’s campaign.

Brennan’s allegations and the handling of the same are the subject of numerous probes, including one led by a special committee empaneled to investigate the matter.

“That discrimination and hostility, the lack of support here, have been frustrating and draining,” Kopicki said in her resignation letter. “And I have chosen to leave my position to protect my health and happiness.”

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One thought on “Report: EDA official resigns over retaliation

  1. Murphy is an Irish mobster and his day is coming. He’s a lousy POS who needs to be recalled before he turns NJ into another moonbeam state which he is in the process of doing! Also, it’s pretty clear he got in office due to rigged elections and that will be proven. Murphy is a criminal and I want to see him behind bars!

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