Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
FACE TIME: READY TO RUMBLE
With WrestleMania now in the rearview, Christie can turn his full attention to ensuring the Super Bowl gets off the ground without a hitch. A big part of that success will involve refereeing the ongoing gamesmanship between the Jets and Giants and Triple Five over its redevelopment plan for Xanadu.
Randy Perkins – WINNER
When he defended his company in testimony to the Legislature, he said Sandy cleanup costs were high because he couldn't find subcontractors to work for less. Now that it's been reported that he owns one of those contractors, County Waste Inc., we can see why he didn't need to look too hard.
Toys R Us – LOSER
The IPO the Wayne retailer had been talking about for years finally gave up the ghost in late March, as executive changes and what the company called a poor climate — not to mention its sales figures during the Christmas period — forced the offering into the toy chest for good.
AvalonBay – WINNER
It may be early to call them winners — and until now, 'whiners' probably would have been more appropriate. But Princeton officials say the developer has struck a new tone over its planned redevelopment of the hospital property, signaling that a deal may get done here after all.
Tim Pernetti – LOSER
How do you erase the goodwill of getting Rutgers into the Big 10? After watching video of a crazy man throwing basketballs at his players' heads and chewing them out with homophobic slurs, you keep him on as coach. Looks like Rutgers didn't learn from Tyler Clementi or Penn State.
Princetons – WINNER
The combined municipality's first budget offers residents a tax rate decrease of nearly 1 percent. Whether that's enough for residents, after Christie sent a letter comparing the Princetons to El Dorado, with enough tax savings to pave the streets with gold, is up for debate, but we say it's great news.
MHA – LOSER
Unions and lawmakers have turned up the heat on the Meadowlands hospital ownership group, which they say is shrouded in secrecy, from liens to ownership, rental deals and failure to pay medical claims. Next time a hospital is in dire straits, just shut it down. Right?
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