Says We Shouldn’t Be Content with 1970s Mentality Towards Sexual Harassment and Assault
Senator Kristin Corrado, vice-chair of the Legislative Select Oversight Committee, responded to allegations by Senator Richard Codey that the purpose of the special committee was to embarrass Governor Phil Murphy.
Sen. Kristin Corrado responded to allegations by Sen. Richard Codey that the purpose of the Legislative Select Oversight Committee was to embarrass Governor Phil Murphy, saying we shouldn’t be content with a 1970s mentality towards sexual harassment and assault. (SenateNJ.com)
“The purpose of our special committee was to investigate how taxpayer money was being misused by the Administration to make inappropriate and, at times, illegal patronage hires. In the process, we discovered serious allegations of sexual assault that were brushed under the rug despite multiple attempts by a victim to seek help,” said Corrado (R-40). “The LSOC was committed to finding solutions to the problems that were brought to light through the courage and determination of Ms. Katie Brennan. If someone as connected and knowledgeable as Ms. Brennan couldn’t find the right mechanisms of support, it seemed clear to all of us on the committee that many other women would likely face similar challenges. If the Governor had only done the right thing and released his employees from his unfair gag orders, their voices could have been heard too.”
At the conclusion of its investigation, the LSOC issued a report with recommendations, many of which are now moving through the Legislature with bipartisan support.
“Majority Leader Weinberg and I have sponsored a package of bills that are the direct result of our many hours of work, which included questioning witnesses, reviewing state laws and regulations, and listening to victims and advocates,” added Corrado. “While Governor Codey may be content with maintaining a 1970s mentality towards sexual harassment and assault in State government, the Majority Leader and I are determined to offer the workplace protections that women deserve in 2020 and beyond.”
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