State Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Barrington) today called for the resignation of Gov. Phil Murphy’s chief counsel following a legislative panel report that sharply criticized his staff’s handling of Katie Brennan’s allegation that Al Alvarez raped her during the 2017 gubernatorial campaign.
“It’s time for Platkin to go,” Cruz-Perez said in a statement today. “It’s time for women to hold Governor Murphy accountable.”
Murphy is unlikely to follow Cruz-Perez’s demand.
After the release of the report, the governor quickly issuing a full-throttled endorsement of Platkin, one of his top aides and the one personally closest to the governor.
Cruz-Perez pushed back on Murphy’s claim that “the team in my office did what they believed was the right thing.”
“A young woman turned to Platkin and the Governor’s team time and again, asking them to help her after an alleged sexual assault,” the senator said. “But instead of helping Katie Brennan, a bipartisan legislative investigation found that Platkin and the governor’s staff failed her “’every step of the way.’”
The Camden County Democrat said that the state deserves better than a governor who doesn’t hold his top aides accountable.
She pointed to statements by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg calling the staff’s handling of Brennan’s allegations a disservice to women.
Cruz-Perez is a close ally of Democratic power broker George Norcross, and her comments come as her political organization battles the Murphy administration on a task force probe of tax credits in Camden.