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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Special Committee aiming to finish investigation before March

By Nikita Biryukov, December 17 2018 5:52 pm

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg on Monday told the New Jersey Globe that she and her cohorts on the Special Committee on Oversight that is investigating the hiring of former Schools Development chief of staff Al Alvarez are aiming to have their investigation concluded by the end of February.

The Committee will hold its second hearing tomorrow.

Five officials from Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration — outgoing chief of staff Pete Cammarano, deputy chief of staff Justin Braz, deputy chief counsel Parimal Garg, chief ethics counsel Heather Taylor, and New Jersey Schools Development Authority executive director Lizette Delgado-Polanco—are expected to testify at tomorrow’s hearing.

Weinberg said she expected those five to be cooperative.

“I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t be. I think they will help us bring together the chronology that Katie Brennan described to us,” Weinberg said. “I’m looking forward to moving this along and getting it finished.”

Murphy Chief Counsel Matt Platkin was also slated to testify Tuesday but is unable to due to a scheduling conflict. He’s expected to testify at a later date, possibly at the committee’s next hearing, which Weinberg said is tentatively set for Jan. 8.

Brennan, who is chief of staff at the State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, testified at the committee’s Dec. 4 hearing. She has accused Alvarez of sexually assaulting her in 2017, when they were both part of Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign.

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