Decline in print media hinders public knowledge of Alvarez issue

The Al Alvarez scandal has dominated New Jersey print news for the last four months, but most state residents haven’t heard anything about it. A Monmouth University poll released this morning says that 59% of New Jerseyans haven’t heard about legislative hearings on the hiring of Alvarez, a former Murphy administration official who has been accused of raping a campaign volunteer in 2017. Just 41% said they have heard about

Stonewalling on Alvarez won’t help Murphy, O’Scanlon says

State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) on Thursday said Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration isn’t well-served by the mystery swirling around the identity of the person who hired former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez. “This ridiculous circling of the wagons only serves to make the administration look foolish or in chaos. Neither one of those two things is good, so the mission has failed if it had any

Corrado wants Murphy to testify

State Sen. Kristin Corrado wants Gov. Phil Murphy to testify under oath before the Select Committee on Oversight. “Numerous administration officials testified that — apart from the Governor himself — only three men had the authority to make a decision on the hiring of Al Alvarez:  Pete Cammarano, Matt Platkin, and Jose Lozano,” Corrado, a Select Committee vice-chair, said. “All three have now testified under oath that they played no

Weinberg slams Verniero report

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg slammed former State Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero’s report on the hiring of Al Alvarez Wednesday. “Unfortunately, this report falls short of the comprehensive investigation promised by the governor,” Weinberg said. “It fails to meet any reasonable standard for an investigation into the serious allegations of sexual assault, the screening practices for hiring public employees, the failure to take responsibility by key officials, the continued

Pundits question value of Verniero report

Observers are questioning the value of Peter Verniero’s investigation after long-awaited the former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice’s report revealed little that was not already known about the hiring of former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez. “I think the report is the report, and I think that the report is a report that was sponsored by the administration. I guess I am not surprised that it does