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    When Gov. Chris Christie’s secret lap-band surgery became public last week, the governor said he had the out-patient surgery for the sake of his family – not because of presidential aspirations.

    Still, politics are already coming into play in at least one way. In this week’s Grapevine, a Garden State hospital executive vents frustration with Christie’s decision to have the procedure in New York City.

    New Jersey hospitals are constantly competing against the perception that Manhattan hospitals are superior. Christie’s decision to cross the river feeds into that perception, the source fears.

    Meanwhile, this week’s NJBIZ takes to the links to look at the top golf courses for titans of business and politics. Fun fact: A Garden State golf course once turned away Bill Clinton. The former president was set to play a round with state Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union). Lesniak wanted to take the president to a particular golf course, but the pair wasn’t allowed because the day in question was a members-only day.

    Read the story to find out who won the round.

    Finally, brewers in the state are raising a glass to a law passed last year that loosened restrictions on production breweries and brewpubs in the state. They say the law is already leading to rapid growth in the craft brewing sector.

     

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