Lawmakers OK Committee to Investigate Administration’s Hiring Practices

NJTV News | October 31, 2018 | Politics
Hearings have yet to be scheduled but are expected to take place soon

The Legislature has given the go-ahead for a special committee to investigate the Murphy administration’s hiring practices. Resolutions were passed in both chambers Monday that granted subpoena power for the investigation.

Before the vote took place, a letter signed by 60 female supporters of the governor was sent to the Legislature expressing support for Katie Brennan, the woman who has accused Albert J. Alvarez, a former senior staffer for Murphy, of rape after a campaign gathering in 2017. “We believe that an independent investigation and review are meaningful first steps. These should be focused on supporting survivors and not made spectacles for public consumption,” the letter said.

Some signatories to the letter said they are concerned about the possible impact on the investigation of friction within the Democratic Party, most notably between Senate President Steve Sweeney and Murphy.

No hearings have been scheduled yet, but at least one member of the special committee said Monday’s vote means they will probably begin soon.

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