Second prosecutor declines filing charges against former Murphy aide

David Madden
January 24, 2019 - 12:25 pm
Gov. Phil Murphy delivers his first State of the State address in Trenton, New Jersey, on Jan. 15, 2019.

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A second New Jersey prosecutor has declined to file criminal charges against a former aide to Gov. Phil Murphy who is accused of raping a female volunteer during the 2017 campaign for governor. 

The Middlesex County Prosecutor evaluated accusations Katie Brennan has made against Albert Alvarez, who left the administration last October. The result of that probe is the same as the one reached by the Hudson County Prosecutor: No charges filed.

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That does not sit well with Brennan’s legal team. 

Attorney Kate McClure is upset about how they heard about it.

"They did not invite her in to tell her in person," McClure  said. "Instead, they faxed a letter and then issued a press statement immediately thereafter that stated that there was a lack of credible evidence and corroboration."

McClure says that decision came without giving Brennan a chance to tell her story to a grand jury. Their next step is unclear on the criminal side, although a civil suit remains in play against Alvarez and the Murphy administration. 

Alvarez has denied any criminal wrongdoing.