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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 evidence that Murphy ignored an allegation of sexual assault by one member of his campaign team on another is another example that shows the governor is an out-of-touch millionaire who cannot be trusted with power.
She added that Pete Cammarano, Murphy’s chief of staff, was among those aware Albert J. Alvarez tried to rape Katie Brennan in April 2017. Brennan, 31, of Jersey City, told the governor’s chief counsel, Matt Platkin, about the allegation, and the matter was referred to the Chief Ethics Officer of the Governor’s Office and to the Attorney General’s Office.
Despite those notices, Alvarez was hired to jobs on the campaign staff, the gubernatorial transition and in state government after the assault, which get a response only after the victim took extreme measures and exposed her own identity.
McCormick, a progressive Democrat who received 159,998 votes in the June Democratic primary for US Senate, has often been critical of Murphy, who she says “bought his way into elected office using a fortune in Wall Street money.”
Murphy was an executive at Goldman Sachs, a company with a history of punishing women who stand up against sexual abuse and workplace discrimination.
Alvarez resigned as chief of staff at the Schools Development Authority, a job the former campaign aide was given after also serving 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.