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Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark)

No conversations about restarting Alvarez committee, Pintor Marin says

By Nikita Biryukov, November 25 2019 5:20 pm

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Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin said she hasn’t talked with Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin about restarting the Select Committee on Oversight.

“I haven’t even had those conversations with the speaker,” she said.

The Select Committee, which Pintor Marin co-chaired, was given broad authority to investigate hires made by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration but focused exclusively on the hiring of former Schools Development Authority CEO Al Alvarez.

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

Since the committee released its report in June, Murphy came under fire for the controversial hire of Jeffrey Dye.

Dye was a political appointee within the New Jersey Department of Labor and was head of the Passaic NAACP. He lost both posts after the New Jersey Globe reported a series of anti-Semitic statements and social media posts he made.

In September, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, the committee’s other co-chair, said she intended to discuss the Dye controversy with legislative leadership but did not indicate any desire to restart the committee.

The senator has also frequently criticized the use of non-disclosure agreements by Murphy’s campaign.

The governor’s team has said the agreements applied only to policy-related material and were no longer in effect, but others, including Brennan have contested that claim.

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