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Assembly won’t share Senate Alvarez probe counsel

Coughlin to pick his own lawyer

By Nikita Biryukov, October 22 2018 3:48 pm

The Assembly side of the Select Committee to investigate the hiring of former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration won’t share the Senate’s lawyer, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said.

“The Assembly hasn’t retained its counsel yet,” Coughlin said at an unrelated press conference on Monday. “We’ll be doing that.”

The Senate side of the committee has hired Michael Critchley, a prominent New Jersey defense attorney that represented former Gov. Chris Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly during the 2016 Bridgegate trial.

It’s not clear who Coughlin will pick to represent his chamber in the select committee’s proceedings, which are expected to begin following the committee’s formal creation at the end of the month.

Liza Acevedo, a spokeswoman for Coughlin, said the chamber will announce its Counsel sometime this week.

It’s not clear if that announcement will come before or after Coughlin announces the remaining members representing the Assembly on the Select Committee. He announced Assemblywoman Eliana Pinto Marin would chair the committee Friday.

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