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

DeCroce calls Verniero report a waste of taxpayers’ money

Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) joined a growing number of fellow Select Committee members lambasting former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero’s report on his investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez. “Peter Verniero is only solidifying what we have all been hearing and what's being told to us,” DeCroce said. “The state has paid a lot of money for all these lawyers and all these investigations. It's the

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

Schepisi incensed after Verniero report

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi was incensed after an independent investigation by former State Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero failed to find out who was responsible for hiring former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez. “I find it absolutely, beyond-the-pale absurd that they are unable to identify who hired this guy,” Schepisi said. Verniero’s report, released Wednesday morning, largely mirrors the findings of the Select Committee on Oversight, on which

Verniero: Transition should have asked Braz for more info

A report on the hiring of former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez compiled by former State Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero said transition officials were obligated to take action after learning of the allegations against Alvarez. Gov. Phil Murphy’s former chief of staff Pete Cammarano and transition executive director Jose Lozano did not take any action after they were told of Brennan’s allegations by Murphy’s now-deputy chief

Verniero: No evidence Murphy knew about Alvarez allegations

A report drafted by former State Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero did not find any evidence that Gov. Phil Murphy was personally involved in the hiring of former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez. Language on a document on Alvarez’s hiring on Murphy’s transition team said Murphy, then governor-elect, requested Alvarez be brought onto the transition team. “The Governor-elect has requested the captioned employee be hired as a