Lisa McCormick is calling on Governor Phil Murphy to resign, citing evidence that he ignored an allegation of sexual assault by one member of his campaign team on another.
McCormick said Murphy ignored an allegation of sexual assault by one member of his campaign team on another.
She added that Pete Cammarano, Murphy’s chief of staff, and Matt Platkin, the governor’s chief lawyer, were among those aware Albert J. Alvarez tried to rape Katie Brennan in April 2017, and both of the campaign staffers were hired to jobs in state government after the assault.
McCormick, a progressive Democrat who received 159,998 votes in the June Democratic primary for US Senate, has often been critical of Murphy, a Democrat who she says ‘bought his way into elected office using a fortune in Wall Street money.”
Murphy was a Goldman Sachs executive before he won the job he now holds.
Brennan, 31, of Jersey City, told the governor’s chief counsel, Matt Platkin, about the allegation, and the matter wasreferred to the Chief Ethics Officer of the Governor’s Office and to the Attorney General’s Office.
Alvarez resigned as chief of staff at the Schools Development Authority, a job the former campaign aide was given after a stint on Murphy’s transition team.
Brennan, chief of staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency since February, went public with her story in a Wall Street Journal article published Sunday, October 14, 2018.
That article said Brennan spent more than a year trying to get authorities to take action against Alvarez, from going to police to sending an email to Murphy.
Murphy hired Alvarez, who resigned only after public disclosure of the allegations became imminent.
According to an audit conducted by the U.S. Department of State’s Inspector General, 10 complaints of harassment were reported at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, while Murphy was ambassador there, but those allegations had “not been addressed effectively.”
After the article was published, Brennan said: “On April 8th, 2017, Al Alvarez raped me. On April 9th, 2017 I learned that the system is broken.”
“I have pursued every form of justice available,” Brennan said. “But it has become clear that this system is not built for survivors.”
Brennan said she “decided to come forward because I know that Al Alvarez, and all perpetrators, must be held accountable, must never rape again, and the justice system needs a complete change with regard to sexual violence.”
“It is clear that leadership from the Murphy administration is needed to create meaningful policy change on several levels to make sure future victims do not have to endure what I have,” Brennan said.
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