State money went to two additional hedge funds

Newark Star-Ledger – Managers of New Jersey’s embattled pension fund, criticized by lawmakers for bailing out a struggling BlackRock hedge fund in October, secretly gave two other hedge funds the same deal, records from the state investment council show.

The Canyon Special Opportunities Fund and GoldenTree Credit Opportunities Fund were each awarded $49.5 million in state funds on the same day the controversial $49.5 million bailout of a BlackRock Inc. fund took place, according to a memo released by the investment council this week.

The cash infusions were a shade below the $50 million threshold that triggers public scrutiny. The BlackRock deal riled prominent Statehouse lawmakers. So does the new revelation that there was not just one such deal, but three.

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