Alvarez “No One Ever Said To Me ‘You’re Hired’”

Screenshot of live feed of Alvarez testimony

Screenshot of live feed of Alvarez testimony

It’s official – the only thing run worse than Governor Phil Murphy’s soccer team is his administration.

Al Alvarez, who ended up as chief of staff at the Schools Development Authority and was able to stay in his $140,000 job after it was known there was an investigation into an alleged sexual assault is testifying before the Legislative Oversight Committee in Trenton as I type.

When asked directly (and repeatedly) who hired him Alvarez said, “No one ever said to me ‘you’re hired.’”

So, the answer to the question, “who hired Al Alvarez” is still no one knows. The only other place this could possibly happen in New Jersey is Phil Murphy’s soccer team.

Alvarez is still testifying. They just announced a break for about a half hour, but you can watch it live here:

 

Phil Murphy Should Explain Who Made The Decision To Force Young Women Soccer Players To Live With An Elderly Man Who Repeatedly Made Them Feel Uncomfortable

Phil Murphy

Phil Murphy

Lately there have been lots of folks asking who hired Al Alvarez, the man who allegedly raped Katie Brennan. I believe Brennan. I don’t know any person who doesn’t believe her.

New Jersey Globe, InsiderNJ, NJ.com, nearly every outlet that covers politics in the state of New Jersey has asked, “Who hired Al Alvarez?”

Unfortunately, no one in Governor Murphy’s administration seems to know the answer to that question. Not even Murphy himself seems to know.

Of course, this leads to what we’ve been wondering here at The Bob & Steve Show since last August: Who in management at Phil Murphy’s professional women’s soccer team, Sky Blue FC, forced young women to “live with an elderly man who repeatedly made inappropriate comments to the players and made them feel uncomfortable?”

Murphy has been exposed for not entirely separating himself from his soccer team by the New Jersey Globe, despite placing his investments in a blind trust.

So, because Murphy obviously still has a hand in running his soccer team, even calling to try to convince one of his team’s draft picks to sign with Sky Blue FC maybe it’s time for him to start answering questions.

After he tells New Jersey who hired Al Alvarez, Murphy can then tell us who forced young women soccer players to live with an elderly man who repeatedly made inappropriate comments to the players and made them feel uncomfortable.

Governor Murphy Is Shoveling Some Stuff, And It’s Not Snow

Gov. Phil Murphy

Gov. Phil Murphy

I don’t usually like writing about the same thing everyone is writing about, but this is different because Governor Phil Murphy shoveled so much stuff yesterday after Katie Brennan’s testimony at the legislative hearing into the Murphy administrations hiring practices that I felt like I had to put on the boots I wore back in New Mexico on my friend’s ranch while herding cattle.

In a statement after her testimony Murphy said, “I commend the courage, bravery, and leadership she showed in telling her story. She is right: no one should have to go through an ordeal to have their voices heard.”

Is Murphy serious with that line? Brennan was courageous and brave every step of the way. She did everything right, including reporting the incident to authorities. It was brave for her to send the governor an email regarding a “sensitive matter.” And it was courageous of her to continue going to work, knowing she could possibly run into, Albert Alvarez, the man who allegedly raped her, after receiving a response to her email from Murphy of, “Hang in. We’re on it.”

Maybe the “we’re on it,” part of Murphy’s response was having his former campaign lawyer, Jonathan Berkon, call Brennan about a week after her email was sent to Murphy? Seriously, why would the former campaign lawyer call Brennan to tell her that the man she accused of raping her would no longer be working in state government after she sent that email?

The answers to those questions don’t matter because common sense tells any person with a brain in their head that Murphy (a) knew what the “sensitive matter” Brennan referenced in her email was and (b) being “on it” meant he knew what the problem was.

Murphy’s post testimony statement is nothing but a bunch of political BS.

When it comes to bad things happening to women it appears Murphy always knows less than he should. From players on his soccer team facing deplorable conditions to players who  were forced to ‘live with an elderly man who repeatedly made inappropriate comments to the players and made them feel uncomfortable and now Katie Brennan there is a clear pattern of mistreatment of women by Murphy.

I shudder to think how I would react if either of my sisters had to deal with such treatment. I know it wouldn’t be pretty.

New Jersey deserves better. We don’t need investigations. We need political leaders willing to call Murphy out on the stuff he is presently shoveling.