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Forced to go public: Why an official under N.J. Gov. Murphy had to shame his administration into action

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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. (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. (Mel Evans/AP Photo)

In April 2017, Katie Brennan went to the police saying that her co-worker on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign, Al Alvarez, raped her in her apartment. Over a year later, in October 2018, Alvarez stepped down from his new post in the administration — six months after an administration official told him to resign. Why did it take so long for Brennan’s story to make its way into the public eye and why did Alvarez keep his job for so long? WHYY reporter Joe Hernandez, who covered hours of recent legislative hearings on the scandal, joins us on this episode of The Why.

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