NJ Politics Digest: Alvarez Subpoenaed

The New Jersey state house.
The New Jersey state house. File photo

State lawmakers have subpoenaed Al Alvarez, the man accused of raping a volunteer on Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign. Alvarez will be required to testify about who hired him for a job at the state Schools Development Authority.

The question of who gave Alvarez the job is one the legislature has not been able to get answered, despite calling several highly placed members of the Murphy administration.

Alvarez, who resigned his post after the Wall Street Journal began investigating allegations that he landed and kept the state job even after former campaign volunteer Katie Brennan told Murphy administration officials about what she claims happened, was never criminally charged and denies the allegations.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who co-chairs the Legislative Select Oversight Committee investigating the scandal, said Alvarez will not be asked about the alleged incident, according to a report by The Record.

Alvarez, who worked as chief of staff for the development authority, will also likely be questioned about the latest scandal engulfing the agency and its leader, Lizette Delgado-Polanco.

Quote of the Day: “We have a lot of questions as well as: How did you get hired?” — Sen. Loretta Weinberg, on the subpoena of Al Alvarez issued by a legislative committee on hiring practices at the state’s Schools Development Authority.

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NJ Politics Digest: Alvarez Subpoenaed