Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
Morris Bailey – WINNER
Some people claim there's a recession to blame, but he knows it's nobody's fault but his own if he can't keep Resorts afloat in Atlantic City. Bringing Jimmy Buffett's signature Margaritaville to his casino is a solid step to ensure the destination can compete with the likes of Revel.
Supreme Court – LOSER
Justices for the state's highest court, in considering whether they should have to pay more into their pensions and benefits, listened to the arguments, deliberated the issue, checked their wallets and decided no, that would be unaffordable — uh, unconstitutional. This was a decision that should have been made by an impartial party.
Ali Houshmand – WINNER
His lips may have left a permanent impression in the ring of George Norcross, but he's managed to get Rowan its medical school — a huge boost for South Jersey as it takes strides to become a powerhouse in the higher education realm.
John J. Clancy – LOSER
It would be bad enough if the portrait The New York Times has painted of Community Education Centers is even close to true. But the kind of arrogance Clancy showed in sending an underling to a hearing held by lawmakers, rather than appear himself, isn't helping his company's perception.
Solar industry – WINNER
The signing of the rescue bill has breathed new life into the SREC incentive program and, hopefully, will reverse the job losses and economic problems caused by an oversupply of credits. It also represents a rare instance of real bipartisanship, as opposed to Christie browbeating cowed Democrats into playing ball.
EDA – LOSER
Say what you want about the promise of the agency's new leadership team, there's just no way you can call the departure of Caren Franzini anything but a major loss. The face of the EDA, she operated on both sides of the aisle and commanded tremendous respect from executives.