New Jersey prosecutor: No charges in sexual assault case

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey prosecutor’s office says it won’t charge a former state official accused of sexual assault by another worker in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration, citing “a lack of credible evidence.”

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office announcement came Wednesday after a review of the case against Albert Alvarez.

Katie Brennan accused Alvarez of sexually assaulting her in 2017 when they were working to get Murphy elected.

Alvarez denies wrongdoing.

The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims, but Brennan came forward publicly. She spoke to the Wall Street Journal after saying she tried for months to get the Murphy administration to act. Murphy has defended his administration’s actions but also said he wishes Alvarez was never hired to work for the administration.

A legislative committee is looking into the matter.

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