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Murphy chief of staff to leave in January.

Byline: Daniel J. Munoz

Cammarano who campaign staffer Katie Brennan referred to several times before lawmakers during her testimony last week regarding an alleged sexual assault by a former Murphy campaign aide will be "cooperating" with the joint legislative oversight committee examining the Murphy administration's hiring practices and could testify before the same committee next week, according to a senior administration official.

Brennan alleged she was sexually assaulted last year by then-campaign staffer Al Alvarez while she was a volunteer; nevertheless, he was still chosen by the administration to be chief of staff at the Schools Development Authority.

She told the 13-member committee she made several attempts to bring the sexual assault allegations to the administration's attention, including to Murphy. Brennan said she reached out to Cammarano and Chief Counsel Matt Platkin regarding the sexual assault by then campaign-staffer Al Alvarez in 2017 when she was a volunteer, but nothing came of her emails.

At another point in time, Cammarano had knowledge that Alvarez was accused of sexual assaulting someone involved in the campaign but did not know she was the victim, according to Brennan.

The committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday and wants Cammarano to testify, as well as Platkin, Chief Ethics Counsel Heather Taylor, Deputy Chief of Staff Justin Braz, Deputy Chief Counsel Parimal Garg and Lizette Delgado-Polcano, executive director of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.

All six members will be working with the committee, the official said, and that cooperation could include testimony before the committee.

Murphy on Tuesday said Cammarano's departure was expected.

"When Pete and I first sat down, and I've known him for a long time, we had always talked about getting out some point in 2019, so this is not necessarily different than what we talked about just prior to getting elected," he said.View the full article from NJBIZ at Copyright 2018 BridgeTower Media. All Rights Reserved.

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Author:Munoz, Daniel J.
Publication:NJ Biz
Geographic Code:1U2NJ
Date:Dec 12, 2018
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