Robert L. Boughner (78)
Last year, in advance of Revel's opening, we wrote, "For Boughner, the honeymoon ends Memorial Day." Boy, were we wrong. In less than a year, Revel has proved looks and luxe aren't always enough, while Borgata continues to be among the city's most successful casinos.
Joseph Trunfio (NR)
Atlantic Health may not be in the headlines right now, but a source says Trunfio is working on a number of possible M&A targets well beyond its current footprint. Given the number of struggling hospitals in the north and west, Atlantic could go on a spree later this year.
Al Koeppe (23)
Several sources accuse Koeppe of not doing enough to defend Franzini from Christie, who replaced her on the EDA last year. Others say the Newark advocate, along with the rest of the EDA board, handed out oversized awards under Urban Transit Hub that prematurely drained the program and went against its broader mission.
Craig Domalewski (86)
"He's showing up in a lot of places, isn't he?" a source says. Indeed, Domalewski is playing big roles with CRDA and the Port Authority, and "his law firm is one of the go-to firms in the Christie administration" — not a surprise, since it counts the governor as an alumnus.
Jerry Zaro (NR)
For a guy whose fortunes were supposed to crater when Jon S. Corzine was voted out, Zaro's done well for himself. He was a major factor in key deals with Sills, Cummis & Gross a few years ago, and now has a high-profile position working to raise Sandy relief aid with the first lady.
Barry Ostrowsky (16)
Is Barnabas just trying to extort the best deal it can out of the state to run University Hospital, in Newark? It's a shrewd maneuver, of course, but while the deal remains undone, other hospital systems are laying the groundwork for expansion. How much longer before this major system is left behind?
Bharat Masrani (NR)
TD Bank is entrenched in New Jersey, its green logo seeming to crop up on every corner. Masrani runs that empire. The bank's predecessor, Commerce, is where Norcross cut his teeth in the business world; it wouldn't be surprising if the loyal alum helps Masrani and other TD execs when the bank needs it.
Edward Deutsch (43)
He runs the state's largest law firm, a powerhouse that keeps building business. Deutsch's power is enhanced by his close ties to Christie and the governor's inner circle. Deutsch's longtime connections serve him, and his 30-year-old firm, well.
Edward J. Graham (NR)
As chairman, president and CEO of South Jersey Industries, he runs one of the larger companies in the lower part of the state. Graham is well connected on several fronts, including the many boards he has served on ranging from Choose New Jersey to the local United Way.
Robert Torricelli (NR)
It's almost like the former senator wants people to think his torch was extinguished—few know what he's working on, and that's the point. The Rosemont Associates lobbyist is well connected with Democrats and Republicans; an Amazon warehouse for Robbinsville was just one recent win. "Some fallen stars rise again," says one insider.