As NJBIZ noted the 2019 Power 100 list, Matt Platkin remained relatively unscathed by a legislative inquiry into how the Murphy administration ended up hiring Al Alvarez, the accused rapist of Murphy campaign supporter Katie Brennan.
But Platkin, who spent hours testifying before the committee earlier this year, came up in the panel’s much-anticipated June report as one of the top Murphy officials who “seriously mishandled” the allegations by not thoroughly investigating them and not telling the governor. His tenure in the administration could hang in the balance, with some Democratic lawmakers pushing for a purge of such Murphy officials highlighted in the report as responsible for how the Brennan and Alvarez case plays out.
Nevertheless, Platkin wields considerable influence within Murphy’s circle, and has enjoyed a relatively easy rapport with the governor. These days, not a single piece of legislation will be signed or vetoed without Platkin’s input, and that extends even to nominations.