Special Committee attorneys take tough line on Garg

Attorneys working for the Special Committee on Oversight questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s Deputy Chief Counsel Parimal Garg in a more hostile manner than other witnesses that have already testified before the committee. In his opening statement, Garg said State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Chief of Staff Katie Brennan initially reached out to him at Murphy’s inaugural ball Jan. 16, 2018, saying she had information about “serious wrongdoing” by a

Sweeney: Special Committee investigation will take as long as it takes

Senate President Steve Sweeney on Wednesday said the Special Committee on Oversight’s investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez could run past the end of February, a soft deadline set by committee co-chair Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, “You can't predetermine what comes out of an investigation. you've got to let the investigation take its course, and if it gets done early, it's done early. If it takes a little

Special Committee aiming to finish investigation before March

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

Assembly lawyer, campaign staffer to Counsel’s office

A veteran lawyer for the State Assembly and a former clerk to Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will assume top posts in the Chief Counsel’s office when Phil Murphy becomes Governor next week. Murphy has named Kate McConnell and Parimal Garg to serve as Deputy Chief Counsels.  He appointed Matt Platkin to serve as Chief Counsel last month. McConnell spent eight years as General Counsel to the Assembly Majority Office, working