New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

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Murphy Won’t Confirm If Staff Is Testifying In Former Advisers Sex Assault Case

December 11, 2018 - 6:14 pm
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PARSIPPANY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Gov. Phil Murphy would not confirm Tuesday if top aides would be testifying before a legislative committee investigating the hiring of a campaign adviser accused of sexual assault.

The governor instead was adamant that his administration is cooperating fully with the investigation.

“Somebody anonymously said that we weren't supportive or we weren't cooperating and I just would reiterate something of ours, those are both flat out not true,” Murphy said.

The governor stop short of saying whether or not those officials would be testifying in the case brought against Al Alvarez, a former campaign adviser to the governor who's accused of raping a former Murphy staffer.

Last week, Katie Brennan told the legislative oversight committee that no action was taken until she told her story to the Wall Street Journal, even after she tried to go through the proper channels.

Murphy insists he's done the right thing in reaction to the case by ordering reviews of government procedures when it comes to instances of sexual assault.

“As long as the legislature doesn't get political that it's a whole of government approach and they too were survivor-centric, we are all in, we’ll cooperate, we’ll support and I repeat that today,” Murphy told reporters.

According to Politico, several top aides in the governor's administration have been called to testify next week.