Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
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Two big endorsements for the governor last week: Major Democratic booster Jon Bon Jovi, who sent $1 million to the charity run by the first lady, and Reginald Jackson, an influential black bishop, who threw his support behind Christie over Buono, who he called a "personal friend." It's not just the elected Democrats who aren't lining up behind Buono, it seems.
Good news: He got an endorsement from the Lautenberg family in his race for the patriarch's former Senate seat, including thinly veiled slams at Cory Booker. Bad news: The announcement came the same day Booker, heretofore a mere Twitter celebrity, unveiled an actual policy plan. Also, you know, it's Booker's race to lose.
Jon Bon Jovi
Nice to see a pair of Twitter memes — #becausewecan and #stts, for Stronger Than the Storm — making nice in the real world. The Bon Jovi frontman donates $1 million to the state's Sandy relief fund. Maybe instead of the money, though, he could have written a better song for those TV commercials. It would be hard to write a worse one.
Like other telecoms, it's wanted out of the landline business for years — the infrastructure is expensive to maintain, and increasingly unpopular with consumers. The silver lining from Sandy's storm clouds for Verizon is it's seeking state permission to not rebuild in Mantoloking, where its entire infrastructure was destroyed.
Trump Taj Mahal
The city has tried to push itself as a destination that's not all about gambling — not that it worked for Revel — and a place where you can bring the wife and kids for a getaway. The Taj, meanwhile, is trying to put the "do" in "Do AC" by adding a strip club.
While the state is eagerly trying to build a haven for this industry, the federal government has begun furloughing civilian employees at bases like those in New Jersey as it manages sequester-related cuts. Those bases are part of the reason military contractors are being courted to the Garden State.
The Supreme Court overturned a substantial jury award given to the Harvey Cedars residents, who complained a massive sand dune blocked their ocean views and hurt property values. Of course, without the dune during Sandy, they could have had ocean views without looking out the window, so it's hard to see their point of view.