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Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Steinhardt hits Murphy over Alonso

Gov’s former staffer fired

By Nikita Biryukov, February 04 2020 6:24 pm

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt attacked Gov. Phil Murphy over a former Murphy staffer’s suspension from the Democratic National Committee’s host committee over accusations he created a hostile work environment.

Adam Alonso, a former Murphy deputy chief of staff whose consulting group was retained by the Democratic State Committee, was suspended from his position as chief of staff at the host committee after the organization’s leadership received a letter obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel charging Alonso bullied and intimidated the group’s women staffers.

“Phil Murphy has a terrible history of hiring toxic individuals who mistreat women,” Steinhardt said. “The public needs to know if Governor Murphy passed the trash on Adam Alonso. If Phil Murphy recommended Alonso for positions knowing Alonso’s history of workplace harassment, the Governor must answer to Alonso’s victims.”

Steinhardt said the state GOP is seeking public records involving Alonso.

Murphy has faced separate controversies on workplace issues.

In October 2018, State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency chief of staff Katie Brennan accused former Schools Development chief of staff Al Alvarez of sexually assaulting her in April 2017, when he was in charge of Muslim and Latino outreach for Murphy’s campaign, for which Brennan would later volunteer.

Murphy has also drawn fire for his campaign’s use of non-disclosure agreements.

Julie Roginsky, who built Murphy’s early campaign strategy for the gubernatorial nomination, has said Brendan Gill, the campaign manager she brought in, used the C-word during an argument with her.

She said she was ultimately fire after informing Murphy about the incident. Gill vehemently denies using the C-word.

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