Governor’s former aide denies assault claim
TRENTON, N.J. – Al Alvarez, a former official in New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration who has been accused of sexual assault, told state lawmakers Tuesday that he had been falsely accused and that the allegation had “devastated” his career.
Appearing in public for the first time to address a controversy that has consumed Trenton for months, Alvarez maintained that his sexual contact with Katie Brennan, a Murphy campaign volunteer who now works in the administration, was consensual.
He said the difficulties he had faced were not comparable to the “trauma faced by survivors,” but added that the episode had brought an emotional toll on his family that “no one should have to go through.”
For months, lawmakers have been grilling top aides to Murphy over his administration’s handling of Brennan’s allegation.
– Philadelphia Inquirer