It's the unanswered question that has been asked dozens of times in the past few months, and probably the last one, the governor. Phil Murphy wanted to be asked on Wednesday evening in a phone town hall in which he had just set up a new $ 15 minimum wage bill
But the man identified when Anthony pulled one over the people to check the calls and left there.
"Who hired Al Alvarez?" Anthony, the penultimate caller of the hour-long event, asked the governor, referring to former top aide Murphy associate Katie Brennan raped during the 2017 governor's election campaign.
"Not the question you said you would obviously ask," Murphy replied. [1
Who hired a former Murphy employee accused of rape?
He referred to the taxpayer-funded report by the former Supreme Court, Peter Verniero, which Murphy commissioned to find members of his inner circle acting in good faith, but ultimately denying the Brennan system.
The report, published after Vernier's four-month investigation, lacks the answer to the fundamental question that has angered lawmakers, and Murphy has refused to answer the New Jersey reporter's question: who hired Alvarez
Anthony asked. But Murphy had no answer.
"I agree with everything," the governor said, referring to Vernier's recommendation that the state expand and clarify the rules for equal employment conditions and Gubernatorial transitions after presidential transitions. Candidates begin with the assembly of their administrations before the parliamentary elections.
"I think these steps need to be taken together, and we will take them together, and we will have learned a lot of lessons," Murphy said. "I'll talk more."
Earlier in the day, Murphy admitted that his helpers should have told him earlier of Brennan's charges. He also said that his government should have removed Alvarez "faster and more decisively".
Alvarez has denied the allegations and said the incident was consensual, and two district attorneys refused to prosecute him for committing a crime.
Murphy said his staff should have done more.
"I fully respect the provisions that were made by two separate law enforcement agencies regarding Mr. Alvarez, but when the decision was made to separate him from the state government, one would have to take more care of it quickly and decisively."
Government legislators investigating the administration and their hiring practices indicated that Verniero's report would not put an end to his investigation into this matter.
Majority Leader in the State Senate of Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, at the same time the chairman of the committee overruled the contents of the report because he said that he would not answer any important questions or hold anyone accountable.
NJ Advance Media st aff writers Susan K. Livio and Samantha Marcus contributed to this report.
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