Lawmakers named to panel probing handling of assault charge

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(AP) - New Jersey's assembly speaker has announced the nine members of that chamber who will serve on a state legislative committee probing Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's handling of sexual assault allegations against a former staffer.

Eight women and one man were named to the panel Tuesday. It now has 15 members overall.

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Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin also announced that Joseph Hayden Jr., a partner in the Hackensack-based law firm Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, will serve as the committee's co-counsel alongside Michael Critchley.

The panel will review claims by a top state housing agency aide who said she was assaulted in 2017 by a then-campaign staffer who worked in Murphy's administration until this month. It's not yet known if the panel will have subpoena power.

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