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Special committee hasn’t ruled out asking Murphy to testify

By Nikita Biryukov, December 04 2018 4:28 pm

Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, co-chair of the special committee investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez, said the panel has not ruled out calling for Gov. Phil Murphy to appear and testify before the committee.

“I don’t think that anything is ruled out at this point,” Pintor Marin said. “Obviously, us going back today and having a discussion as chairs and with our attorneys and discussing the clear timeline that they really tried to attain today would really bring the perspective as to who it is that we’re going to be calling.”

State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency chief of staff Katie Brennan, who has accused Alvarez of sexually assaulting her in April 2017, when they were both part of Murphy’s campaign staff, testified before the committee at the committee’s first full hearing on Tuesday.

The body’s next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18. Pintor Marin and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, the committee’s second co-chair, said a witness list for the second hearing has not been finalized.

Alvarez has been asked to appear before the committee but has yet to respond. His answer is expected to come later Tuesday or some time Wednesday. If he does not agree to testify, the committee has the ability to compel him to appear via subpoena.

It’s unclear whether the committee is aiming for him to testify at the Dec. 18 hearing.

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