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

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

Verniero did not learn who hired Alvarez

Peter Verniero’s investigation into the hiring of former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez was not able to uncover who gave him that position. “No witness during our interviews or before the Legislature stated that he or she hired Mr. Alvarez or recommended him for placement at the SDA. Nor did anyone identify the person who did,” Verniero’s report said. “Additionally, there does not appear to be any

Lawmakers grow frustrated with Alvarez hiring mystery

Lawmakers on the Select Committee on oversight grew more frustrated after Tuesday ended as yet another day of testimony without the committee learning who hired former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez. Lynn Haynes, who was director of personnel for Gov. Phil Murphy’s transition, testified Tuesday that former Murphy chief of staff Pete Cammarano, Murphy chief counsel Matt Platkin and transition executive director Jose Lozano were the few

Lieberman, Grewal spoke about Alvarez

Melissa Lieberman, chief of staff to State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, told Grewal and two other high-ranking individuals within his office about allegations against former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez last March. Lieberman told the Select Committee empaneled to investigate Alvarez hiring that she did not recall the content of that conversation. State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency chief of staff Katie Brennan has accused Alvarez of

Haynes doesn’t know who hired Alvarez

Lynn Haynes, who was director of personnel for Gov. Phil Murphy’s transition team, said she did not hire former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez for that role. Haynes said she did not believe that Alvarez could have hired himself for that position, as some members of the Select Committee investigating the Alvarez’s hiring have speculated. Though, she added she was not surprised by the hire given Alvarez's

Wisniewski: Select Committee will learn who hired Alvarez

Former Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who co-chaired the committee that investigated Bridgegate, said he believes the Legislative Select Oversight Committee investigating Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration’s hiring of Al Alvarez will eventually find the one responsible for giving the latter his role at the Schools Development Authority. “There is somebody out there who hired Al Alvarez, and my assumption is that, if they call the right people, they will eventually find out

Parikh doesn’t know who hired Alvarez

Gov. Phil Murphy’s transition counsel Raj Parikh on Friday told the Special Committee on Oversight that he did not and does not know who hired former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez. “I know that this panel has been seeking an answer to its question of who hired Mr. Alvarez. unfortunately, I do not know the answer to that question to that question, nor would I have ever