Ms. Brennan and her alleged assaulter worked together as staffers on Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign, and both later were employed in government roles in the new administration.
A published story in the Wall Street Journal detailed Ms. Brennan’s comprehensive efforts to pursue criminal charges, and to inform high-ranking members of the governor’s transition team, his administration, and even Governor Murphy himself of the assault.
Despite reporting the assault almost immediately to law enforcement, criminal charges were never filed. Similarly, the Murphy Administration later hired the aggressor and allowed him to remain employed in a highly paid position despite being informed of the allegations.
“If Ms. Brennan cannot achieve justice after bravely coming forward, repeatedly, then what message does that send to other women, especially those with fewer resources?” asked Corrado. “This incident shows that Governor Murphy has set a standard of tolerance for sexual assaulters as long as they haven’t been charged or his top staff believe it’s acceptable to hire such people. Either way, as the Governor likes to say, ‘the buck stops’ with him. A criminal justice system, where the victim does everything right, that isn’t capable of prosecuting sexual assaults effectively is clearly broken. This administration and this state must do better in protecting the victims of sexual assault.”
Kean and Corrado reiterated their call for legislative hearings on the hiring practices of the Murphy administration. Further, they called for an accelerated review of pending legislative reforms that would help the victims of sex crimes to achieve justice in both the criminal and civil legal systems of New Jersey.