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#1 Chris Christie State of New Jersey, Governor

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#100 Patrick Foye, Port Authority, Executive Director #99 Tom Kean Sr. #98 Julie Hermann, Rutgers University, Athletic Director #97 A Michael & Ruth Lipper #96 Cami Anderson, Newark public schools, Superintendent #95 Toby Enqvist, United / Continental Airlines, Vice President, Newark Hub #94 Maria Comella, Communications and Planning, Deputy Chief of Staff #93 Tom Moran & Paul Mulshine, The Star-Ledger, Editorial Page Editor / Columnist #92 Philip Kirschner, New Jersey Business and Industry Association, President #91 Thomas Bracken, State Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO #90 Thai Lee, SHI International, President and CEO #89 Carlos Rodriguez, ADP, President and CEO #88 Donald Katz, Audible, Founder and CEO #87 John Palmieri, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Executive Director #86 Analilia Mejia, New Jersey Working Families Alliance, Executive Director #85 Angelo Genova, Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, Senior Partner #84 Deborah Gramiccioni, Port Authority, Deputy Executive Director #83 Regina Egea, Governor of New Jersey, Chief of Staff #82 Stephen Vajtay, McCarter & English, Partner #81 Betsy Ryan, New Jersey Hospital Association, President and CEO #80 Bernard Flynn, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company, President and CEO #79 Susan Cole, Montclair State University, President #78 Jeff Gural, N.J. Meadowlands Racetrack, Owner #77 Wayne Hasenbalg, New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, President and CEO #75 Scott O'Neil & Hugh Weber, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center, CEO / President for Business Operations #75 Bob Sommer, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Senior Adviser #74 Amy Mansue, Childrens Specialized Hospital, President and CEO #73 John Lloyd, Meridian Health, President and CEO #72 Antonio Urcelay, Toys R Us, CEO #71 Cory Booker & Bob Menendez, United States Senate, NJ Senators #70 Nancy Cantor, Rutgers-Newark, Cancellor #69 Tracye McDaniel, Choose New Jersey, President and CEO #68 Jay Biggins, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co., Executive Managing Director #67 Ted Zangari, Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., Attorney #66 Finn Wentworth, Normandy Real Estate Partners, Partner and Founder #65 Joel Bloom & Nariman Farvardin, NJIT / Stevens, President #64 Linda Bowden, PNC, N.J. Regional President #63 David Cote, Honeywell, Chairman and CEO #62 Richard Baggar, Celgene, Senior Vice President #61 Jennifer Velez, Department of Human Services, Commissioner #60 Robert Doherty, Bank of America, N.J. State President #59 Kenneth Kobylowski, Department of Banking and Insurance, Commissioner #58 Emanuel Stern & Mitchell Hersh, Hartz Mountain Industries / Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, President and COO / President and CEO #57 Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson, CEO #56 Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company, President and Chief Executive Officer #55 Raymond Pocino, Laborers International Union of North America, Vice President and eastern regional manager #54 Josh Harris, Devils and Prudential Center, Partner #53 Christopher Eisgruber, Princeton University, President #52 John Mara & Woody Johnson, NY Giants / NY Jets, Owner / Owner #51 David Alan Tepper, Appaloosa Management, President and Founder #50 David Samson, Port Authority, Chairman #49 Anthony Perno, Coopers Ferry Partnership, CEO #48 Joseph Trunfio, Atlantic Health System, President #47 Edward Deutsch, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, Partner #46 Annette Catino, QualCare, CEO #45 Kevin Cummings, Investors Bank, CEO #44 Craig Domalewski, Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., Senior Partner #43 John P. Sheridan, Cooper Health System, CEO #42 Luis Quintana, Newark, Mayor #41 Leecia Eve, Verizon, Vice President of Government Affairs for the tristate region #40 Marc Ferzan, N.J. Governors Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, Executive Director #39 Raymond Lesniak, State of New Jersey, U.S. Senator (D - Union County) #38 Jeremy Farrell, Jersey City, Corporation Counsel #37 Patrick Dunican, Gibbons P.C., Attorney #36 Alfred Koeppe, EDA / Newark Alliance, Chairman / CEO #35 Prem Reddy & Vivek Garipalli, CarePoint Health / Prime Healthcare Services, President / President #34 Dale Florio, Princeton Public Affairs Group, Attorney #33 Steve Adubato Sr. & Joseph DiVincenzo, Newark / Essex County, Community leader / County Executive #32 Timothy Lizura, N.J. Economic Development Authority, President and COO #31 Vincent Prieto, New Jersey State Assembly, Speaker #30 Jeffrey Chiesa, Wolff & Samson, Partner #29 William Mullen, Building and Construction Trades Council, President #28 Anthony Coscia, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, Partner #27 Barry Ostrowsky, Barnabas Health, CEO #26 Robert Unanue, Goya, President #25 Mary Pat Christie & Todd Christie, Angelo Gordon & Co. / Ernst & Young, Managing Director / Director #24 John Strangfeld, Prudential Financial, President #23 Christopher Paladino, DEVCO: New Brunswick Development Corporation, President #22 Paul Fishman, District of New Jersey, U.S. Attorney #21 John Wisniewski, New Jersey General Assembly, Assemblyman (D - Middlesex County) #20 Steven Fulop, Jersey City, Mayor #19 Ali Houshmand, Rowan University, President #18 Ghermezian Family #17 Robert Garrett, Hackensack University Medical Center, CEO #16 Kim Guadagno, State of New Jersey, Lt. Gov. #15 Robert Barchi, Rutgers University, President #14 Kevin ODowd, Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey, Chief of Staff #13 Steven J. Pozycki, SJP Properties, Founder, chairman and CEO #12 Kenneth Frazier, Merck & Co., Chairman, President and CEO #11 Ralph Izzo, Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, Chairman and CEO #10 David Rebuck, N.J. Division of Gaming Enforcement, Director #9 Mike DuHaime, Mercury Public Affairs, Partner #8 Mary O’Dowd, N.J. Department of Health, Commissioner #7 Robert Marino, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, CEO #6 Michele Brown, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, CEO #5 Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey Senate, President #4 William Palatucci, Gibbons P.C., Special Counsel #3 Jon Hanson, Hampshire Companies, Principal #2 George Norcross III, Conner Strong & Buckelew, Executive Chairman #1 Chris Christie, State of New Jersey, Governor

 

So we're working the room at a business seminar, just a few days after the most damning of emails concerning the George Washington Bridge lane closures became public. You can be sure it was the topic of conversation among the roughly 500 business executives who were present. Everyone had an opinion — until we asked them to comment on the record.

As governor of the state, Chris Christie essentially is the default choice for the top spot on our list. But some leaders are more powerful than others. The fact so few people are willing to speak against him — even in the midst of his first serious scandal — shows just how powerful a leader he is. It's not just that he oversees so many government agencies that can have a big impact on business, but also the force of his personality — one that has enabled him to get things done in a bipartisan way while maintaining his stature as the top guy. "Not all governors are this powerful; just look at the recent past in this state," said one insider, who (wait for it) didn't want to be identified. "Christie is as strong as anyone since the venerable Tom Kean. That's saying a lot."

Speculating on Christie's future has been a sport in the state since the day he took over as governor. Now, however, the factors have changed. It's no longer a future that he and his advisers will determine. Depending on what comes out in the coming weeks and months, Christie could return to his overwhelming front-runner status, on track to become the GOP's next nominee for president, or be reduced to a weakened (or even removed) head of state in New Jersey. We'll bet on the former.

Chris Christie

1
Governor
State of New Jersey

Ranked: 1
Last Year's Rank: 1

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