NJ Legislature has scathing report on rape accusation of former Murphy official

Gov. Phil Murphy holds a Public Union Budget briefing at Union County Community College in Cranford on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A joint legislative committee in New Jersey has released the findings of its probe into rape allegations against a former top staffer to Gov. Phil Murphy.

The committee probe found that senior administration staffers were "more concerned with avoiding negative publicity than following proper protocols." There was a lot of blame to go around, according to committee co-chair Senator Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck.

"It is not the system that failed Katie Brennan. It is the people who made up that system," Weinberg said. "And that includes law enforcement, as well as all the people named in this report."

Those people include top Murphy aides who failed to tell him about Brennan's rape allegation against Albert Alvarez during the 2017 gubernatorial campaign until