On the list this week: Newark elementary students, a former top marketing exec for A&P and N.J. income.
Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
FACETIME:PLAYING IT STRAIGHT
You can be sure Gov. Christie was smiling inside when a report that will supposedly clear him in the GW Bridge scandal was leaked. Of course at the same time, he realized the issue is far from behind him.
Oliver Street Elementary School was one of five winners in a nationwide STEM competition, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, which asked kids to fix problems in their communities using STEM. The students won $140,000 for their project, "Guarding the Water Supply," which is designed to help clean up the Passaic River.
The president of Robbinsville-based PARS Environmental was named New Jersey's Small Business Person of the Year for 2014 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. PARS, which Gill bought when she was still in her mid-20s, provides environmental consulting services to clients such as the Environmental Protection Agency.
Hats off to assemblymen Paul D. Moriarty and Patrick Diegnan for introducing a bill that would force makers of printers to show how many pages you'll be able to produce for each of the outrageously expensive ink cartridge replacements you'll be forced to buy. Next goal: Get makers of replacement razor blades to justify their amazing costs.
John Moritz, a former top marketing exec at A&P, faces up to 20 years in prison for admitting to having A&P purchase tickets to concerts, sporting events and shows and then reselling them to ticket brokers and keeping the profits. The tickets were supposed to go to top employees.
You know the deal: Some of your co-workers hit every deadline. Others push them every single time. The latest Obamacare extension — this time to sign up for the insurance coverage it turns out so many people didn't actually want (or didn't realize they would have to pay a lot for) — is just another lesson that deadlines don't really matter with the ACA, which is a horrible way to do business.
New Jersey incomes
Incomes for New Jerseyans rose 2.2 percent in 2013 — just the 33rd best increase in the country. It's better than New York (which came in at No. 41) and Pennsylvania (at No. 42). And at least incomes went up, which should never be taken for granted. But we expect more from our well-educated, perfectly located state.