Lucy Had a Credit Card? – Friday’s Roundup!

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A Bank for New Jersey
Phil Murphy who used to work for Goldman Sachs talked a lot about forming a state-run bank when he was campaigning for Governor, but hasn’t talked about it much since, the valuable Spotlight reports, apropos a report by the Citizen Action Education Fund, which you can read here.

One key concern about a bank, the story notes, “is whether the state has the ability and expertise to make sound lending decisions free from political influence.”

I’m being told that’s not a problem we experience presently.

Health Insurance
The percentage of adults without health insurance fell from 18% in 2011 to 11% in 2017, the super valuable Spotlight also reports. I think that’s a good thing. That’s a good thing, right?

Elephant Questions
Margate’s throwing open the books on 2015 discussions over Lucy the Elephant, in response to an OPRA request filed by Nanette LoBiondo and Downbeach.com.

There’s concern now over Lucy’s lease, or something, but back in 2015, the concerns had to do with “spending on a Lucy business credit card” among other things.

What did the elephant know and when did she know it?

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