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Goldberg’s husband’s firm wins state contract

It could look fishy. But nothing is amiss, says Treasurer Deborah Goldberg.

Her office awarded J.P. Morgan Securities the right to sell $100 million in state bonds — and her husband, Michael Winter, works at J.P. Morgan Securities, according to a disclosure filed with the State Ethics Commission.

But Goldberg said in the May filing that she had no involvement in the competitive sale, and, anyway, the bidding was sealed and the lowest bidder won.

Chandra Allard, a Goldberg spokeswoman, said during the bidding process, “there is absolutely no interaction between State Treasury and any of the bidders.” She added that Winter works in a different division of J.P. Morgan Securities, one that does not do any business with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Goldberg, a Democrat, took office this year. The Boston Herald reported earlier on the filing.


Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.