TRENTON, N.J. – A 10-bill package addressing the findings by a legislative panel responsible for providing oversight and transparency of the administration’s hiring practices was passed by the Assembly today.
Assemblywomen Nancy Munoz (R-Union) and Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Essex), who are vice chair and chair of the Legislative Select Oversight Committee, sponsor the set of bills that expand requirements for the state to combat discrimination and harassment, streamline the employee compliant process, tackle deficiencies in hiring processes during a gubernatorial transition, and more.
The Legislative Select Oversight Committee convened in late October after allegations surfaced by Murphy campaign staffer Katie Brennan of rape against a member of the gubernatorial transition team who later held a senior position in the administration.
“After receiving hours of testimony from many involved in this matter, much of it conflicted and lacking a paper trail, I believe these bills are the next best steps for the Legislature to advance and prevent Ms. Brennan’s horrific experience from happening to someone else,” said Munoz. “It has become evident that there is more we can do to protect all state workers, especially those who are in transition to becoming a state employee.”
“I am proud of the work we’ve done in the Legislative Select Oversight Committee over the last few months,” said Pintor Marin. “Our findings were clear. Ms. Brennan’s matter was grossly neglected and mishandled. We believe that should another victim come forward in the future, with regard to any gubernatorial transition committee for any governor, or someone employed by state government, there must be a road map of clear actions to follow to address it fairly and quickly. This bill package will begin to right the wrongs we discovered through our investigation.”
A full list of the bills included in the package can be found here.