NJ lawmakers hold hearing on alleged sex assault during Murphy campaign

December 04, 2018 - 10:48 am

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- The conditions were set for drama at the New Jersey statehouse in Trenton on Tuesday.

Katie Brennan, Chief of Staff to the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is testifying in front of the select oversight committee.

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Brennan says she was raped by Albert Alvarez, a top aide to Governor Phil Murphy, during the campaign.

She said she went public with the allegations after prosecutors declined to press charges, and members of Murphy's inner circle failed to take action.

"I have taken every step that I could, and none of it brought justice," Brennan told the Star-Ledger, "All that I had left was my voice."

In October, Alvarez resigned as Chief of Staff to the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.

Lawmakers will be looking into the administration's screening and hiring process. Murphy said he hopes the committee stays 'survivor-centric.'

"I respect their process," Murphy said. "They've got to make sure they don't get political, that they call balls and strikes."

The panel is expected to call several of Murphy's aides, including his chief of staff, to testify.