On Thursday night, as Governor Phil Murphy continues his overseas “trade” trip, The Wall Street Journal reported that an aide to the governor had once been investigated after being accused of “toxic” behavior, including throwing a chair and allegedly creating a hostile work environment for women. The chair part was substantiated; Joe Kelley, who was at that time working as deputy campaign manager for the future Democrat governor, was nevertheless ultimately cleared by a transition-team initiated attorney review and hired into the administration.
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This story is only the latest in a string of extremely unflattering and, in some cases, downright disturbing personnel stories concerning an administration which isn’t even a year old. They include:
- Al Alvarez, former chief of staff to the Schools Development Authority who resigned after sexual assault allegations came to light.
- Noemi Velazquez, a Murphy aide who was suspended for 10 days without pay and sent to sensitivity training after Save Jersey uncovered multiple bigoted, anti-Evangelical posts by her on social media.
- And Derrick Green: “Gov. Phil Murphy paid $2 million during his campaign to a consulting company led by one of his top aides who at the time was tied to a campaign finance scandal under police investigation in Bermuda known as Jetgate.“