LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY

Murphy brings in former AG Chris Porrino amid staffer sexual assault scandal

With the governor’s administration still rocked by allegations a senior staffer raped a woman during the governor’s campaign last year, Gov. Phil Murphy has called in former New Jersey Attorney General Chris Porrino. In a statement, Porrino said he would assist “in responding to requests for information including requests” in connection with the investigation.

Porrino first came on as chief counsel to Gov. Chris Christie in 2014, just as the Bridgegate scandal broke. He served as attorney general from 2016 to 2018.

In addition to investigations launched by the state Senate and Assembly, Murphy has launched an independent investigation of how staffers handled Katie Brennan’s allegations she was sexually assaulted by former staffer Albert Alvarez.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is also reviewing how the case was handled.