On the list this week: Rowan, Newark, the Port Authority and more.
Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
FACETIME: On the offensive
Here's politics at its best: When critics question the speed of Sandy recovery, host a town hall meeting in a town where recovery has been successful (75 offers have been made on 76 homes in South River). It's called taking control of the narrative.
The partnership with Lockheed Martin is another win for Rowan, which seems to be growing in size and stature by the day. The school will work with Lockheed to help develop new technologies for a broad range of radar system applications in support of national defense.
What's the best way to get more money for transportation infrastructure and get everyone to agree on raising a tax (in this case, on gas) to pay for it? How about the worst winter weather in years, one that led to more potholes than payment in some places.
The announced plans for a 94-unit boutique hotel in the Ironbound section of Newark — the first hotel in the Ironbound — is more great news for the city. Construction on The Carvi Newark is slated to begin in July, with an opening scheduled for summer of 2015.
What else could go wrong with the agency? The latest is a federal lawsuit filed by three Port Authority police officers seeking to overturn the promotion of 96 officers since 2010. They are charging cronyism was the key to advancement.
Local football fans
If you go to a Giants or Jets game, the experience won't be very good — at least that's the opinion of a recent Stadiumjourney.com ranking. The Giants and Jets both scored poorly (27th and 29th of 32 teams, respectively). Traffic access issues are one of the reasons for the scores. There is hope, however. Traffic problems are schedule to be addressed with the latest American Dream deal.
The Bridgegate scandal is still going on — and Bill Stepien is still in the middle of it. But if Christie's former campaign manager needs to answer (or not answer) questions, he'll have to take time away from his new gig at a GOP consulting firm, FLS Connect. Apparently there's good money after bad decisions.