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Cheers and Jeers

On the list this week: Rutgers, smoking ban, the Superbowl and more …

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


No, not for national speaking gigs or even national jobs. We’re talking about court rooms, which is where is administration is spending all its time. First, the Bridgegate scandal. Now, threats over the Civil Service Commission rules. Is it any wonder we can’t get anything done?


Women execs

Betty Manetta (Argent Associates), Cheryl Biron (One Horn Transportation) and Ranjini Poddar (Artech Information Systems) all made the global list of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies.


The school kicked QB Philip Nelson off the team after he was implicated in a horrific beating in his home state of Minnesota. Coach Kyle Flood — instead of the usual “letting the legal process play out” — made the quick and praiseworthy move.

Smoking ban

We salute Spring Lake for extending its ban on smoking to even more of its beach and boardwalk area. The town was following the lead of Belmar; here’s hoping the entire Shore follows along.


Super Bowl

Bring it back to N.J.? No way. At least that’s what a recent survey of business leaders across the state found, as 55 percent said don’t bring the game back. Why? Perhaps because 42 percent said it had no economic impact.


We don’t blame Gov. Christie for the state’s debt issues. But they are serious — and we wish folks would come down on all politicians who refuse to address the issue and make tough choices rather than wait for a political play.

Taking advantage

Rockaway-based Moretrench agreed to pay a $3 million fine for hiring a disadvantaged company as a front to get a contract with the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Nothing like trying to illegally profit off the World Trade Center project.

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