Home>Governor>Select Committee should call Murphy, Oroho says

State Sen. Steve Oroho. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Select Committee should call Murphy, Oroho says

By Nikita Biryukov, February 11 2019 1:55 pm

State Sen. Steve Oroho said the Select Committee investigating the hiring of former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez should call Gov. Phil Murphy if it’ll help them find out who hired Alvarez.

“Whoever can help provide an answer, whether they’re inside the government or outside the government, I think the committee should call them — call that person — including the governor,” Oroho, one of the committee’s Republican members, said.

The committee’s members have grown increasingly frustrated in their quest to find the identity of the person who gave Alvarez a job with a $140,000 salary at the SDA.

Numerous top-ranking officials in Murphy’s administration and transition, including former Murphy chief of staff Pete Cammarano, Murphy chief counsel Matt Platkin and Murphy transition executive director Jose Lozano, have said under oath that they did not hire Alvarez and that they did not know who did.

Murphy has said he does not know who hired Alvarez, who was deputy director of personnel for Murphy’s transition team.

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

Oroho thinks Murphy might be able to help clear up the circumstances of Alvarez’s hiring, even if he doesn’t appear before the committee directly.

“The governor could clear this very simply. Just ask anybody in his staff: How did Al Alvarez get hired and how did he get protected?” Oroho said. “I don’t think it’s necessary even for the governor to come here, but if that’s what it takes, then that’s what it takes.”

Spread the news:
RELATED ARTICLES
Filter by
Post Page
Articles Local Somerset Highlight Congress Feature Governor Legislature
Sort by

Janice Fields will run for Bernards Township Committee

Somerset GOP state committeewoman wants to succeed Carol Bianchi
February 18, 2019 10:54 am

24

Ethics committee closes file on Menendez

New Jersey Senator has repaid all gifts from Melgen
February 5, 2019 8:00 am

24

Bridgegate committee co-chairs raise eyebrows at Christie institute

Weinberg says she laughed at former governor’s mission to bring civility to
August 16, 2019 12:52 pm

18

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *