Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
FACE TIME: ALL BUSINESS
Christie did more this week to shore up support from the business community than anything else. He signed the Economic Opportunity Act, welcomed Panasonic to Newark, planted a tree at Zoetis' new office and helped usher in a new era at Rutgers' major College Avenue project. All while taking only one notable shot at Barbara Buono.
Resorts Atlantic City
Come for a cheeseburger in paradise, stay for the table games. That's what's working for Resorts: Even while gaming revenue in the city continues to resemble a sturgeon in the Sahara, Resorts enjoyed a slight bump in activity over the summer that's being attributed to the appeal of Margaritaville.
After what seems like an eternity, the developer officially launched its Bell Labs project last week, with the hope of having the first tenants move in early next year. That comes after spending seven years and $27 million pushing its adaptive reuse plans and acquiring the site.
The North American arm of the electronics manufacturer officially opened its Newark headquarters 54 years after first establishing itself on the continent. Chris Christie paid a visit, noting there were 'difficult moments,' but keeping Panasonic in New Jersey — with incentives, of course — is a high point in his pro-business credentials.
The boardwalk fire that destroyed several blocks' worth of businesses, and apparently traces its roots to Sandy — salt water from the storm played a role in damaging wiring that dated to the 1970s, causing the blaze — will put another hurting on businesses, which had hoped for a fall rebound after a dismal summer.
The state's war to overturn the sports betting ban hit its latest roadblock last week, with a federal appeals court upholding an earlier ruling that the practice can't be implemented, since it conflicts with federal law. The best silver lining a supporter could find: For the first time, a lone judge agreed with New Jersey.
The dismal starts by these teams — a combined 1-3 at this writing — is pretty discouraging for a home crowds with hopes of having at least one of its teams in the upcoming Super Bowl. Fans are wondering which will be higher at season's end: a ticket to the big game, or Eli Manning's interception total.