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NJ Official Says Sex Assault Allegation Was Ignored By Murphy Staff

December 04, 2018 - 4:47 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) — A state government employee who says Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's campaign staff didn't take her sexual assault allegations seriously has testified before a legislative oversight committee.

“I was sexually assaulted in the early hours of Saturday, April 8, 2017,” Katie Brennan said during her Tuesday testimony.

She alleges she was attacked by Al Alvarez, who led Latino and Muslim outreach during Murphy's campaign and later was named to a $140,000-a-year position at the Schools Development Corp.

She told the committee that she had attempted to report the assault but that her story fell on deaf ears.

 “Just the knowledge that there was an allegation of sexual assault by one transition team member against one of the transition team senior staffers should have been enough to trigger action,” Brennan said.

Brennan, the chief of staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, told the committee Tuesday she only saw results after she told her story to the Wall Street Journal.

Alvarez denied the allegations but resigned from his position in October after the newspaper published the allegations.

Murphy has said he believes his office acted appropriately. He hired a former state Supreme Court justice to conduct a review.