Beach: Cammarano testimony ‘disingenuous,’ ‘dishonest’

State Sen. Jim Beach said Gov. Phil Murphy’s chief of staff Pete Cammarano asked the senator if he could lobby Senate President Steve Sweeney to get the legislative leader to “ease up” on him in the Select Committee’s investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez. “Less than a month ago, I called Pete Cammarano seeking the Governor’s support for a number of matters, including Senate Bill No. 2531, legislation that

Taylor: Brennan EEO process was irregular

Gov. Phil Murphy’s Chief Ethics Officer Heather Taylor said during testimony before the Select Committee on Oversight Thursday that, as far as she was aware, typical procedures were not followed in the handling of an equal employment opportunity case about Katie Brennan’s alleged assault. Taylor said she was notified of the complaint by Murphy Chief Counsel Matt Platkin, her boss, in March. She referred the case and information about Brennan

Cammarano: Platkin recusal limited in scope

Pete Cammarano, Gov. Phil Murphy's outgoing chief of staff, may have shed some light on why chief counsel Matt Platkin remained deeply involved in the handling of sexual assault allegations made against former Schools Development Authority Chief of Staff Al Alvarez by another administration official, Katie Brennan. Platkin recused himself from the matter in March, shortly after Brennan told him Alvarez sexually assaulted her in April 2017, when they were

Delgado-Polanco wasn’t told about allegations against Alvarez

Schools Development Authority Chief Executive Officer Lizette Delgado-Polanco was not told about the sexual assault allegations made against former SDA chief of staff Al Alvarez until the day he resigned, though she said she was told to expect his departure. Delgado-Polanco told the Special Committee on Oversight that while she was interviewing for the position, she asked if Alvarez wanted the job. She said Gov. Phil Murphy’s outgoing chief of

Lozano: Unclear who gave Alvarez SDA job

It’s unclear who offered former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez that job. Jose Lozano, the head of Gov. Phil Murphy’s transition team, said he was unaware who offered Alvarez, who has been accused of sexually assaulting State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency chief of staff Katie Brennan, the job, though he said that wasn’t necessarily out of the ordinary. During his testimony on Tuesday, Lozano repeatedly refrained