Kurt Conti (NR)
There will be a lot of work for construction companies, post-Sandy, and the Conti Group is likely to get a piece of the action. Its president and CEO, who was on Christie's transition team, is well connected, and the company already has a federal services division that could give it a leg up on bidding.
Amy Mansue (79)
The water cooler debate is whether Mansue will wait to be the next president of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, or leave to run a prominent children's hospital in a major American city? The influential New Jerseyans of both parties who respect her are hoping for the former.
Philip Kirschner (75)
As president of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Kirschner helps the Christie administration push its pro-business agenda, in part by mobilizing his membership. But Kirschner also works well with the Democratic Legislature, a key balancing act needed in a time of split government.
Doug Johnston (NR)
A source calls Johnston "that guy" to a lot of power brokers because of his role as an effective lobbyist with AARP. When seniors don't like something, "that has a paralyzing effect" on bills. "If you ask around, people will say, 'That guy, he's so annoying' … and he is."
Ali Houshmand (NR)
The Rowan president reaped the benefits as Norcross, et al, worked behind the scenes to create an empire at the university. He's done a good job weighing the interests of South Jersey heavyweights Norcross and Sweeney, a source points out, "who don't always agree" on the best course for Rowan.
John Lloyd (NR)
When the powerful speak of hospital leaders, Lloyd is the one mentioned most often. He also gets high marks for how his hospital system handled Sandy in hard-hit Monmouth and Ocean counties. "Beyond all of the hype about how Meridian has grown, this was a test," and Lloyd got an A-plus, says one source.
Timothy J. Touhey (80)
Adding another two years to the Permit Extension Act was a feather in Touhey's cap last year, one he fought environmentalists hard to win. He can "come up with creative policy initiatives to move forward real estate development," a source says, and he brokers peace between developers and affordable housing advocates.
Morris Bailey (NR)
Bailey seems to have taken on the mantle of Atlantic City savior after DeSanctis wore it so poorly. Sources point out that he developed an alliance to bring the Mohegan tribe to town and brought new assets to Resorts, including Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, "without having to build a crystal palace."
Adam Zipkin (81)
Unlike the super mayor who employs him, you aren't likely to notice Zipkin when he enters the room, sources say, but he gets rave reviews as the guy who gets Newark developments done in what one source calls "an administration that's frustrating to deal with."
Dan Moen (NR)
The silent partner who's allowed Hackensack UMC to continue to branch into new territory in North Jersey, Moen's LHP Hospital Group, in Texas, has worked with Garrett to purchase Mountainside, in Montclair, and rebuff many challenges to reopen Pascack Valley. He may remain active as other New Jersey hospitals struggle.