Legislative Select Oversight Committee Report: So Much For A Stronger And Fairer New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy

Gov. Phil Murphy

Remember that time we wrote: “What we do wonder is who will Murphy blame for the lack of action he took in dealing with the Brennan situation. He can’t blame Christie for this one. Maybe, he’ll try to blame his staff, but he can’t. Remember, he did reply to Brennan’s email regarding a ‘sensitive matter’ with ‘Hang in. We’re on it.’ That response, at least to us, proves Murphy knew exactly what the ‘sensitive matter’ was that she wrote him about.”

Only in New Jersey can a single mother of four be sentenced to go to jail for emailing that it was “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” but absolutely nothing happen to a member of the governor’s staff accused of raping another member of the governor’s staff – even after that Governor promised the woman making the rape accusation he was “on it.”

None of that sounds like New Jersey is any stronger or fairer.

In fact, it appears the only things to come out of the Legislative Select Oversight Committee Report is that (A) “the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy ‘mishandled’ an employee’s rape claim and suggested that top officials should be ‘embarrassed’ by their testimony,” (B) that it “rips Gov. Phil Murphy’s inner circle for failing Katie Brennan after she accused campaign worker turned transition staffer Al Alvarez of sexually assaulting her in April 2017” and (C) that the “committee’s report questioned the honesty of some officials.”

Mishandled? Embarrassed? They are the understatements of the year!

To add insult to injury, New Jersey Globe reported in part:

The Select Committee on Oversight won’t be making any criminal referrals following the issuance of a scathing report that said members of Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration failed state housing agency chief of staff Katie Brennan.

“The report is out there and any law enforcement agency that chooses to look at it can,” Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, a committee co-chair, said. “We’ve issued our report, period.”

“Period,” apparently Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg forgot the “full stop” part of one of Gov. Murphy’s favorite lines, “period, full stop.”

Is Weinberg serious? Any law enforcement agency that chooses to look at it can? She knows as well as we do no one from law enforcement is going to look at that report.

It’s obvious that in New Jersey #MeToo and #BelieveWomen only applies when folks like Murphy and Weinberg are attacking Republicans.

We have written repeatedly about Murphy’s hypocrisy when it comes to his treatment of women. More than 30 times, on this blog, we’ve mentioned the mistreatment of women on Murphy’s professional soccer team. We lost count how many times the mainstream press mentioned the lousy way Murphy handled the Katie Brennan situation. And, don’t forget there was the much less covered Allison Kopicki who said she was resigning from her position in the Murphy administration because she alleged she has faced retaliation from Murphy’s administration.

Basically, the recently released Legislative Select Oversight Committee Report proves only that for women is not one thing in New Jersey that is stronger and fairer under Governor Phil Murphy.

It Took 8 Months For America To Learn Who Shot J.R., But New Jersey Still Can’t Find Out Who Hired Al Alvarez

Gov. Phil Murphy

Gov. Phil Murphy

Remember the Select Committee on Oversight that was formed in the aftermath of the Katie Brennan’s ordeal? Remember that Select Committee on Oversight was formed for the purpose of investigating hiring practices and the way in which Murphy’s administration handled the sexual assault allegations.

I think it’s amazing that it took only 8 months for America to find out who shot J.R., but New Jersey still hasn’t a clue as to who hired Al Alvarez, the man Brennan alleges raped her.

One would think that we would know who hired Alvarez by now. He was hired as the Chief of Staff at the Schools Development Authority which means he had to have been hired by a high-ranking official in Murphy’s administration – meaning someone who reports directly to the Governor.

How could Murphy not know the answer to the question? Not knowing means he’s either incompetent or stupid, and I don’t think Mr. Murphy is stupid.

Then again, maybe Murphy doesn’t want to know who hired Alvarez. He did arrange for a soft landing for Lizette Delgado-Polanco after she finally resigned as the CEO of the Schools Development Authority where Alvarez was chief of staff.

The soft landing? Delgado-Polanco went to Adam Alonso’s consulting firm the Cratos Group. Of course, the press in New Jersey forgot the fact that Alonso was Murphy’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Engagement and Governmental Affairs.

You decide, does Murphy really want to know who hired Al Alvarez?

[Full disclosure: there was a time Alonso worked with Republicans. I know because I hired his Cratos Group for fundraising for a campaign in New Mexico in late 2009/early 2010. The relationship ended due to billing “issues.”]

Phil Murphy’s Rhetoric Doesn’t Match His Actions When It Comes To Women

Gov. Phil Murphy

Gov. Phil Murphy

Here at The Bob & Steve Show we’ve talked a lot about Governor Phil Murphy’s double-standard problem when it comes to his treatment of women.

More than 30 times, on this blog, we’ve mentioned the mistreatment of women on Murphy’s professional soccer team (forcing young women to live with a dirty old man, forcing players to live in a house with plastic bags for windows, reports that “Suburban recreation leagues for 8-year-olds have better accommodations” when it comes to the professional team’s practice facilities and the list goes on).

And, I can’t count how many times the mainstream press mentioned the piss poor way Murphy handled the Katie Brennan situation.

There was the much less covered Allison Kopicki who said she was resigning from her position in the Murphy administration because she alleged she has faced retaliation from Murphy’s administration. To refresh your memory about the Kopicki story here is an excerpt from an NJ.com article:

Shortly after Murphy was elected in November 2017, Kopicki told members of Murphy’s transition team about concerns that Kelley created a hostile work environment for women, according to the Journal report.

That included allegations that Kelley threw a chair while a female subordinate was in the room. NJ Advance Media later confirmed those accusations.

Kopicki was a deputy policy director to Murphy’s transition.

Murphy’s transition team hired an outside attorney to look into the complaints. The probe found that Kelley did throw the chair but did not find evidence that he treated women unequally, the Journal reported.

Kelley was later hired as a deputy chief of staff after Murphy became governor last January.

The women’s soccer, Katie Brennan and Allison Kopicki situations all add up to a track record of Phil Murphy not believing women. In fact, the only instance of Murphy believing women I could find was involving Brett Kavanaugh.

All this has had me wondering if “#MeToo” and “#BelieveWomen” are nothing more than political tools to Murphy.

If those three situations weren’t enough to cause anyone else to wonder if “#MeToo” and “#BelieveWomen” are nothing more than political tools to Murphy then yesterday’s Bob & Steve Show blog post should get you asking questions.

I wrote about the very kind words Murphy had for Nick Sacco at a recent Sacco campaign event. To refresh your memory Murphy said of Sacco:

“I talk about a stronger and fairer New Jersey all the time, and if you want to see an embodiment of strong and fair, look at the leadership we have on stage tonight,” Murphy said. “I know the mayor as a friend, supporter, and confidante when times are tough. I know him as one of the most senior, distinguished, and respected state senators in Trenton, and most importantly I know him as Mayor Nick Sacco of the great North Bergen.”

Governor Murphy said all these nice things about Sacco despite the fact that in 2010 North Bergen paid April Tricoli-Busset $90,000 because she sued over sexist remarks. Keep in mind those sexist remarks included Sacco allegedly discussing “boobs” with Tricoli-Busset.

And, there’s the voicemail messages left on Lydia Coleman’s phone allegedly by Sacco. An expert said the recordings were authentic. Coleman said the alleged voicemail messages came after she rejected Sacco’s sexual advances in a bar in 2003.

All this adds up to one big question: Does Phil Murphy really believe women?

I say the answer is no. Even if you want to believe in Phil Murphy and give him a pass on the women’s soccer, Katie Brennan and Allison Kopicki situations, at the very least the fact that Murphy had no problem standing with and supporting Nick Sacco even though Sacco has been accused of sexual harassment and/or sexist remarks at least twice and his town settled one of those instances for $90,000 you have to wonder if Murphy really believes women.

Murphy is always ready with the rhetoric to make it appear he supports women, like the time during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings when Murphy said Kavanaugh "ought to just pack up and leave town." Unfortunately for Democrats, the reality is Murphy’s rhetoric doesn’t match his actions.

If Murphy’s rhetoric truly matched his actions he wouldn’t have stood with Sacco and instead said “he ought to just pack up and leave town.”

The only question left is will Murphy follow his own advice and pack up and leave town since his record on women doesn’t match his rhetoric?