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Cheers and Jeers

On the list this week: Goya, Ashley Stewart, Rutgers nursing and more.

Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.

That's right, the governor is back out there with press conferences and one-on-ones with selected media outlets. And he's not out there to show he's changed. He's still direct and to the point. "(People) vote for what they believe in your heart," he told Megyn Kelly of Fox News. "And can they trust you."



The formal announcement that the company's headquarters and warehouse will open this fall in Jersey City is a win for the state and Jersey City. Sure, there were a lot of incentives to make this a reality, but the reality is that this is a good thing for the state.

Ramapo and Bloomfield colleges

Eight N.J. schools made the top 250 on Payscale's list of colleges with the best return on investment, with Stevens (at No. 9) and Princeton (No. 13) topping the Jersey list. But the presence of Ramapo College and Bloomfield College shows the state has more top universities than many may realize.

Rutgers nursing

Merging the two nursing schools, over the objections of some unions, is a bold move and likely a good one. The state — and the school — needs to go all in on this merger, which has the potential to be a real strength and selling point for New Jersey.


Ashley Stewart

The second Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in four years is not a good thing for the Secaucus-based retailer of plus-sized clothing for women. The company feels the sector is ready to take off and will attempt to rebrand itself. The only good news: Just one of the 27 store closings will be in Jersey.

Port Authority

Hopefully something good will come of this — perhaps even a restructuring of an agency that badly needs an overhaul. The Port Authority is a key driver of commerce and the economy in New Jersey. It needs to be running smoothly instead of serving as a political distraction.

Bridge scandal costs

This is why people dislike politicians. From both parties. The costs involved in investigating the bridge scandal are already in the millions. Couldn't that money have been better spent elsewhere?

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