Murphy wants answers on how state worker's story of rape was ignored until she went to newspaper

David Madden
December 05, 2018 - 5:21 pm
June 28, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy during a press conference as he talks about the budget impasse.

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — One day after dramatic testimony from a state worker who claims she was raped last year allegedly by a now former staffer for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, only to see her pleas for help ignored until she went to a newspaper, Murphy insists he’s doing what he can to ensure what happened in this case doesn’t happen again. 

The Governor insists he’s “sickened” by the tale told by Katie Brennan.

That said, Murphy says he knew nothing of the 2017 attack before this past October, prior to the Wall Street Journal article but well after Brennan emailed the Governor seeking to discuss the situation. 

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His office is probing the hiring and subsequent resignation of Albert Alvarez and the rules now governing how such claims are handled.

"It can’t be that this woman could have gone on this long, for these many months, and not have had her story heard and believed. So I question whether or not those obligations and the rules of the road and policies in government are the right ones," Murphy said. 
He also pledges cooperation with a legislative probe, as long as it doesn’t turn political.