By Matt Rooney
Imagine this scenario for a moment:
Then-Governor Chris Christie’s former chief of staff at the Schools Development Authority resigns after we learn that he had been the subject of criminal sexual misconduct inquiry by the police and, ultimately, scrutinized by the Attorney General.
Would it matter what the authorities learned? Nope. You thought closing a bridge lane was bad; the uproar would’ve been deafening! After all, only Republicans and Republican appointees like newly-minted Justice Brett Kavanaugh fetch real heat from the Media and the Left on the basis of mere allegations, substantiated or not-so-much. GOP public figures aren’t entitled to due process because all Republicans are evil, awful, patriarchal sexist bigots.
But as most of you now know, it wasn’t Chris Christie’s SDA funky.
He was Phil Murphy’s. A Democrat.
Albert J. Alvarez, a man with deep ties to Phil Murphy.
So, obviously, we haven’t heard any Democrat activists or paid Planned Parenthood protesters screaming “Al Alvarez’s accuser must be believed!” on the State House steps, parading “Me Too” accusers into district offices, or decrying “the Trenton rape culture” on social media because, like Bill Clinton or DNC Chairman Keith Ellison, he’s one of their guys.
The sound of silence is pervasive and deafening and yes, deliberate.
Don’t expect me to roast Mr. Alvarez. I’m a lot of things, Save Jerseyans, but a hypocrite isn’t one of them. If the authorities legitimately came up empty? This website isn’t going to play a role in smearing, slandering, or roasting a man who isn’t guilty of anything, or at least credibly accused of a crime, in the eyes of the law. No one — Republican, Democrat, man, woman, or whatever else you’re identifying as this Friday morning — has a right to be believed without evidence to back it up. I don’t know enough at this point to make me feel differently where Al Alvarez is concerned.
That hypocrisy tag does, however, rightly belong to Governor Murphy and his senior Democrat allies (here’s looking at you, Senator Loretta Weinberg) who have been measured, and sober, and slow to rush to judgment, and reluctant to demand an independent probe where the Alvarez allegations are concerned… you know, all of the things they cried for when KAVANAUGH was in the hot seat.
We’ve been told by Democrats (including Murphy ally Cory “Gropacus” Booker) for weeks now that guilt and innocence don’t matter in these cases. What matters, it’s explained but not always honestly articulated, is feeding the mob, and the mob wants to redress decades of ‘social injustices’ — both real and contrived — by destroying ‘men of privilege’ regardless of the guilt or innocence of each man in the cross hairs.
“Women. Must. Be. Believed.”
Alvarez is immune from these new post-constitutional, post-moral, post-justice rules for private and public life for the aforementioned reasons. He’s on the right team.
Think about this angle, too: Murphy’s timeline is wacky. Whatever Alvarez allegedly did happened during the 2017 campaign, the transition team knew, but Murphy didn’t until… March 2018?
Legislative Republicans are currently calling for hearings.
My question is less likely to get answered with or without them: why didn’t you “believe her,” Mr. Governor?
Save Jersey’s Founder and Blogger-in-Chief, MATT ROONEY is a nationally-noted and respected New Jersey political commentator. When he’s not on-line, radio or television advocating for conservative reform and challenging N.J. power-brokers, Matt is a practicing attorney at the law firm of DeMichele & DeMichele in Haddon Heights (Camden County).