Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
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Chris Christie’s is riding high as a recent Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll gave him a stunning 65 percent job approval rating. And this comes without really putting forth a second-term agenda — 24 percent of those polled said they don’t know what his plans are.
Yeah, we said it, home sellers. Housing sales were up 32 percent in October from a year ago — and may have been even higher if there actually were more homes to sell. Inventory, it appears, has finally shrunk, which is great for sellers — and the economy.
Those who view politics as sport have to be enjoying the endless hearings, accusations and proclamations regarding the George Washington Bridge lane closing, err, traffic study — an event no one seemed to have known anything about. It will cost a few people their jobs, but the biggest losers were those stuck in traffic that day.
The somewhat embattled Rutgers coach got a vote of confidence from somewhat embattled Athletic Director Julie Sweeney: “My goal is for Kyle to take us into the Big Ten.” The last part may be the most important. Let’s not forget, Rutgers begins its membership in the Big Ten next year. How big is that? Go ask UConn.
We’ll question the true winners and losers here. There’s a movement to make Internet gambling available around the world — and another that would bring sports gambling (and now, believe it or not, gambling on old horse races) to the state. The assumption is that the state coffers would win, but there would be plenty of Jerseyans contributing to the pot.
The only thing worse than being discriminated against is claiming discrimination when it never occurred. Dayna Morales, a gay server at a Bridgewater restaurant, got her 15 minutes of fame, but in doing so, may make others think twice about stepping up when they truly are discriminated against.
So we get that the Wilf family lost a lawsuit and now must pay $84.5 million in damages, but we still don’t understand why there needs to be public disclosure of their net worth. The Wilfs have accused the judge of ‘anti-wealth bias’ — and while it’s a new term to us, it appears to fit.