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Steinhardt: Murphy probe should include Goldman Sachs, soccer team

GOP State Chairman paints picture of complacency on harassment issues

By David Wildstein, October 13 2018 3:19 pm

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt wants a legislative investigation into allegations of criminal sexual misconduct by former Murphy administration official Albert Alvarez to include Gov. Phil Murphy’s career at Goldman Sachs and his ownership of Sky Blue, a professional women’s soccer team.

“Between the well documented culture at Murphy’s Goldman Sachs, the deplorable conditions at his Sky Blue FC, and the emerging revelations about life on and in his campaign and administration, it just might be that the worst place for a woman to work – is for Phil Murphy,” Steinhardt said.

Steinhardt made his comments following an NJ.com report that Murphy’s attorney knew about the Alvarez and had conversations with his accuser.

While it is unlikely that the scope of any legislative probe will include a retroactive look at Murphy’s pre-gubernatorial career – including a lawsuit filed by Goldman Sachs employees — it’s clear that Republicans are looking to paint a picture of a governor who did not defend women who claimed there was a culture of harassment at the Wall Street investment bank where he was a top executive.

During a 2017 gubernatorial campaign debate, Republican Kim Guadagno called Murphy a coward for not condemning Harvey Weinstein after allegations of sexual assault surfaced.  Later, Murphy acknowledged that Weinstein was set to co-host a Murphy fundraiser and cancelled the event after the allegations against Weinstein became public.

There have never been allegations  that Murphy was directly involved in any complaints at Goldman Sachs.

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