A housing official in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration who accused a former state employee of raping her is asking the court to find him in default because he has not responded to a lawsuit she filed against him.
Katie Brennan, chief of staff at the state Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, sued Al Alvarez in January. Brennan said Alvarez raped her after a gathering of Murphy campaign workers in 2017. She said she immediately told a friend who worked on the campaign, and later told others who went on to work in the administration.
Alvarez worked on Murphy’s campaign and transition team and was eventually hired to be chief of staff at the state Schools Development Authority. The governor has repeatedly claimed he was unaware of the allegations, and no one in his administration has revealed who made the decision to hire Alvarez.
In May, Alvarez asked the court for an extension on his time to respond to Brennan’s lawsuit. Brennan’s attorney, Kathryn McClure, said the deadline passed on June 24 and she asked the court this week to enter a default against Alvarez.
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