Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
FACE TIME: GONE HOLLYWOOD
The governor headed to the Golden State for some fresh air, sunshine and quality time with donors to his re-election campaign. Does he really need more money, with AshBritt making donations and his challenger resorting to car accidents to generate publicity?
Atlantic City casinos – WINNER
The governor's conditional veto of online gaming all but paves the way for New Jerseyans to place their bets from their computers. Finally, casinos can have all the advantages an Atlantic City address offers without having to convince people to drive down.
Revel – LOSER
Of course, online gaming doesn't help Revel (can anything help Revel?). Its gaming numbers plumbed new depths in January, and if online gaming means fewer tourists, that's less dining and entertainment (that is, "even less" dining and entertainment), Revel's lone strength. A bankruptcy reorganization is now a real possibility.
Ali Houshmand – WINNER
Rowan took a big chunk off its to-do list: naming the School of Osteopathic Medicine, preparing new construction, picking names for the board of governors it will share with Rutgers. Houshmand has seen Rowan through it all, and in gratitude got a new contract last week.
Barbara Buono – LOSER
Any candidate who emulates the gubernatorial seat belt strategy of Jon Corzine is an automatic loser. Buono was lucky to suffer only minor injuries in a car accident last week, though surviving a crash was the only way Corzine got his approval rating up. Is turnpike monetization next?
Prime HealthCare – WINNER
Scandal-dogged Prime's retreat from its Christ Hospital bid last year seemed to signal the company was staying out of New Jersey. Think again. Last week, it reached an agreement to take over St. Michael's, in Newark, following its agreement to buy St. Mary's earlier.
Princeton HealthCare System – LOSER
Meanwhile, a developer's plan to turn the old hospital campus into a mixed-use project continues to be beset by delays, courtesy of the local planning board, that are costing the health system a reported quarter-million dollars a month. Sounds like somebody's due a visit from the Red Tape Commission.