Former Murphy aide sues woman who accused him of assault

In December 2018, Katie Brennan, the chief of staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, raises her hand as she is sworn in to testify before the Select Oversight Committee at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. Brennan, a top staffer at the state's housing agency came forward as sexual assault victim and has said too little was done about her complaints, which she reported to law enforcement. (Mel Evans/AP Photo)

In December 2018, Katie Brennan, the chief of staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, raises her hand as she is sworn in to testify before the Select Oversight Committee at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. Brennan, a top staffer at the state's housing agency came forward as sexual assault victim and has said too little was done about her complaints, which she reported to law enforcement. (Mel Evans/AP Photo)

A former staffer in New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is suing the woman who accused him of sexual assault.

The countersuit Albert Alvarez filed Thursday says Katie Brennan’s claims are false. She’s alleged that Alvarez sexually assaulted her while they worked together in 2017 to get Murphy elected.

Alvarez says the allegations make it difficult for him to find a job.

Prosecutors reviewed the case but didn’t bring charges.

Brennan’s allegations hit the Democrat-led government like a bombshell, leading to legislative hearings. They also led Murphy to update workplace policies.

Alvarez was chief of staff at the Schools Development Authority until October when a news article detailed Brennan’s allegations. Brennan is a top aide at the state’s housing finance agency.

Brennan did not immediately respond Friday to a message seeking comment.

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