State Sen. Jim Beach said Gov. Phil Murphy’s chief of staff Pete Cammarano asked the senator if he could lobby Senate President Steve Sweeney to get the legislative leader to “ease up” on him in the Select Committee’s investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez.
“Less than a month ago, I called Pete Cammarano seeking the Governor’s support for a number of matters, including Senate Bill No. 2531, legislation that will result in long-term savings to the taxpayers and increase the efficiency of the election process,” Beach said in a statement Friday. “At the end of the conversation, Mr. Cammarano asked me if I had any influence with Senator Sweeney and if I could get Steve Sweeney to ease up on him in the legislative investigation into the Alvarez matter.”
Beach said he reported the exchange to First Assistant Legislative Counsel Marci Levin Hochman.
The senator went further, calling Cammarano’s statements during testimony before the panel “disingenuous, if not outright dishonest,” though he did not mention any specific portions of Cammarano’s testimony.
“There has been a complete lack of candor exhibited by Mr. Cammarano in his testimony, which is consistent with his self-serving attempt to have people ease up on him in the investigation,” Beach said.