The day after his address to the Legislature in a special session, Christie had booked four live or taped appearances on national TV, including CNBC and Fox News Channel. If his eloquent demand for a tax cut was really about the people of New Jersey, wouldn't he have been appearing on News 12 or NJTV, instead?
George Norcross – WINNER
The power broker didn't get a full merger of Rutgers and Rowan, but he got a lot of what he wanted. Big time. Expect South Jersey Democrats to continue to wail and gnash their teeth about longtime funding inequities if a $750 million higher ed bond referendum is passed. And expect them to get what they want, again.
Lamar Graham – LOSER
NJ.com's content chief publicly failed in his bid to get ex-Ledger reporter Ginger Gibson to leave Politico for his news site. Why she'd leave Romney's campaign trail for Newark would be baffling enough, but Graham did himself no favor by selling it as "a real opportunity here to be ... a star." She already is one.
Millionaires – WINNER
The Democrats again tried to raise the state's top tax rate to 10.75 percent on income above $1 million. But the governor vetoed the tax from the 2012-13 budget. Millionaires can pop open a bottle of expensive champagne and drink to that.
Ray Lesniak – LOSER
The governor shot down the Union County senator's proposal to transform foreclosed homes to affordable housing. Lesniak expressed his anger, but not surprise, that Christie wielded his veto pen to kill the measure.
Hudson Holdco LLC – WINNER
The for-profit owner of Bayonne Medical Center and Hoboken University Medical Center last week moved a step closer to expanding its New Jersey portfolio. A Hudson County Superior Court judge approved the deal for the company to acquire bankrupt Christ Hospital. We bet the owners are saying amen to that.
Trump Taj Mahal – LOSER
There's stacking the deck — and then there's not shuffling it. The casino was fined $91,000 after a mini-baccarat dealer failed to activate an automatic shuffling device. Nine employees were fired as a result of the incident. If gamblers think there are unfair advantages, they will shuffle to another casino.