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Cheers and Jeers

On the list this week: Rutgers, Mary O'Dowd, Sealed Air and more …

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

FACE TIME: HIS OLD SELF

Christie was looking presidential. Or, should way say, looking the way he did when he was considered a favorite to get the Republican nomination. His “lost cause” comments regarding New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino was the straight talk folks loved him for. Why? Because he was willing to say what everyone knew to be true.

CHEERS

Rutgers

The school’s New Brunswick campus was ranked No. 33 among 1,000 universities worldwide, according to the Center for World University Rankings. We’re not sure who that group is — but we know ranking that high (the school was No. 72 two years ago) is a good thing (Princeton was No. 9).

Mary O’Dowd

Thanks to the state health commissioner for stating the obvious — for-profit hospitals need to publicly produce complete financial reports, too.

John Degnan

The former state attorney general was sworn in last week as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. We know how much the role has been wrapped in scandal in the past year. We also know how important the job is. Let’s hope Degnan gets a chance to do it.

JEERS

Sealed Air

The next time you hear someone complain about the tax breaks the state gives companies to stay here, think about how North Carolina used the same to lure away the Fortune 500 company based in Elmwood Park.

Atlantic City

We want to give it a break. Really, we do. But with casinos closing on an almost-weekly basis and Forbes listing it dead last on its best places for business (for the second straight year), it’s hard to move them out of this column.

Obamacare

Recent split decisions on the Affordable Care Act can mean only one thing — this law was only good for those who are profiting from it.

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