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Trouble in Trenton? Rumors of sex assault allegations after Murphy aide steps down

October 12, 2018 - 8:58 am

TRENTON, NJ (1010 WINS) -- Trouble in Trenton?

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has provided no details behind the sudden resignation of his top aide, Albert Alvarez.

Reports say Alvarez was the subject of a sexual assault investigation last year.

NJ.com reports, that three sources say Alvarez was accused of sexual assault by a woman in Hudson County. He has not been charged.

Alvarez had served as chief of staff to the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. He was also in charge of Latino community outreach during Murphy's campaign -- when the incident allegedly occurred. He later worked on the Murphy transition team before taking the Schools Development Authority job.

Republicans in the state legislature are calling for hearings.

"It is extremely important that all relevant information is revealed as soon as possible related to these allegations," state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, said in a statement. "Public hearings by the Legislature are the only way all information is provided to the public."

Republican women in New Jersey's legislature want Murphy's hiring practices investigated. NJ.com reports that they also want the administration to disclose, "any and all incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual intimidation, or hostile work environment raised during the campaign, the transition, or presently within the administration."

Murphy said all he knows is that Alvarez has resigned adding "I have no more color to offer."

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) called the allegations involving Alvarez deeply troubling.

"Sexual misconduct is inappropriate in any circumstance," Coughlin added. "As facts become known, I want to ensure a proper review has been conducted."

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr (R-Union) and state Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt want an independent investigation into the allegations -- specifically how they were handled by the Murphy administration.

"New Jersey needs to know if Governor Murphy would go as far as to shelter someone like Al Alvarez," Steinhardt said.

New Jersey Democrats have not yet commented on calls for such a probe.