NJ state employee takes rape allegation against former Murphy staffer to legislative panel

David Madden
December 04, 2018 - 1:44 pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A joint legislative committee in Trenton heard from a state employee who maintains that she was raped by a former aide to Gov. Phil Murphy during last year’s campaign. 

Katie Brennan went into lengthy detail Tuesday about what happened after the attack, allegedly at the hands of Albert Alvarez, who resigned after Brennan took her story to The Wall Street Journal more than a year after the incident.

“I reported my attack to police and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and my report went unheard,” Brennan testified. “I reported my attack to the campaign, transition committee and administration, and it went unheard. I asked to report my attack to the governor and first lady and my request went unheard. I, and no survivor, should have to tell their story to the newspaper to be heard.”

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The joint legislative committee is now looking into how to change policies to make it easier for victims to report such cases in the future.

Meanwhile, the Middlesex County prosecutor is reviewing a decision by Hudson County not to pursue the case, and the administration is conducting its own internal probe. All records have been ordered preserved. 

While Brennan declined to discuss the incident itself due to the ongoing probe, she made it clear she wanted to make sure other victims do not suffer the problems she did in addressing the case.

“I had access to people in the highest positions of power in the state of New Jersey, and at each turn my pleas for help went unanswered,” she added. “Somehow, it wasn’t a priority to address my sexual assault and working with my rapist until it impacted them.”

Alvarez, who left the administration in October, maintains his innocence.