TRENTON — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has announced changes in how the state handles sexual misconduct allegations following his administration's problematic response to a state worker's sexual assault complaint against a campaign official.

The Democratic governor announced the expanded procedures Tuesday night. reports they'll apply to people who work for the governor in the transition period, as well as new job applicants.

Katie Brennan is chief of staff of the housing finance agency. She accused former state official Albert Alvarez of sexually assaulting her in 2017 when they were working on Murphy's campaign. Alvarez has denied wrongdoing.

Brennan says Murphy's team botched its response to her allegations. She is suing the state.

Murphy has defended his administration's response, but ordered an internal probe.

Prosecutors declined to bring charges against Alvarez.


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