Our present governor from Goldman Sachs is revealing himself to be each bit as tone-deaf about issues of ethnicity as our former governor from Goldman.
That was Jon Corzine, who in his first run for statewide workplace in 2000 made some wannabe-witty remarks about Italian-People and “cement overshoes.” That acquired him groveling earlier than any proud son of Italy prepared to just accept his abject apology.
In contrast, Phil Murphy’s gone out of his manner within the different course in the case of courting ethnic teams – too far out of his manner.
That grew to become obvious at that listening to Tuesday at which former Murphy marketing campaign employee Katie Brennan gave 5 hours of testimony about her alleged assault final yr by the marketing campaign’s then-director of Hispanic/Islamic outreach, Al Alvarez.
Brennan’s account of those that ignored her allegations included everybody from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Workplace to the governor himself, who failed to reply to an electronic mail she despatched him after her account was ignored on decrease ranges.
“I needed to inform him to enact modifications,” she testified Tuesday. “This can be a progressive governor.”
Progressive? Maybe. However “bold” is perhaps a greater phrase.
Murphy has a behavior of pandering to any and all curiosity teams that may very well be of use in forging his picture on the nationwide scene.
At the least that was the opinion of Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi after I bumped into her within the elevator leaving the assembly.
Earlier within the yr, Schepisi, a Bergen Republican, was in the course of the combat over Marcellus Jackson. He is an African-American former Passaic councilman as soon as convicted of bribery who was named to a $70,000-a-year job within the Murphy administration. (Jackson was paid handsomely by Murphy’s “non-profit” previous to the election.)
When the bribery conviction grew to become public, Murphy dug in, saying “my breath was taken away” by the general public outrage over the hiring.
He additionally took a veiled shot at critics like Schepisi, she instructed me. That got here when he stated that in such circumstances. “It’s invariably an individual of shade we’re speaking about.”
No, it is not, stated Schepisi.
“I come from an Italian-Irish background, so for me that was a foolish idea,” she stated.
She did not want so as to add that each the Italian-People and my very own ethnic group, the Irish-People, aren’t any slackers in the case of this type of factor.
Murphy grew up in Massachusetts, so maybe he’s unaware that his fellow Irish-People in locations like Hudson County completed feats of corruption which will by no means be equaled.
Because it occurs, Hudson is central to this controversy. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Workplace declined to behave on Brennan’s grievance for eight months. Then on the day she alerted the Murphy transition crew about it, she acquired a name from the prosecutor saying the case in opposition to Alvarez could be dismissed.
“There was nothing offered that might make me query her credibility in any type of style,” stated Schepisi, who introduced earlier within the yr that she herself had been a sexual-assault sufferer. “Even when there had been one other facet of the story, there was nothing completed to observe by on her facet of the story.”
It wasn’t till Brennan instructed her story to the Wall Road Journal two months in the past that Alvarez lastly resigned from his plum job on the Colleges Growth Authority.
At the moment the Murphy administration was nonetheless sustaining that the matter had been dealt with correctly. In that case, why is not Alvarez nonetheless in that job?
That is a query that state Sen. Loretta Weinberg raised after I spoke along with her after the session. Like Schepisi, Weinberg, just lately gave her personal account of being sexually assaulted as a younger lady. That led the Bergen Democrat to push for the inquiry into the actions of the Murphy administration.
Weinberg instructed me the largest query she desires answered is simply what a lady in Brennan’s place must do to have her case taken significantly.
“She did all the pieces by the e-book,” Weinberg stated. “She acquired a police report. She went to a hospital and acquired a rape equipment, and that triggers the county prosecutor who interviews you. And it goes on for months?”
If Weinberg has her manner, it’ll maintain happening. The joint legislative committee goes to maintain calling witnesses, probably together with the governor himself.
Here is one query I would wish to see them they ask him: Cannot you do math?
No single ethnic group makes up greater than a small fraction of New Jersey’s inhabitants. Girls make up half.
I think additionally they make up half of the inhabitants in Murphy’s native Massachusetts.
There is a lesson in that however, just like the legendary man on the gallows, the governor appears to be studying it a bit too late.