Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
FACE TIME: JUDICIAL
The seating of Faustino Fernandez-Vina on the New Jersey Supreme Court is a plus on so many levels. Just getting anyone through the process — avoiding the political delays of previous attempts — is a bonus for the state. And for Christie, it's another example of a bipartisan success he can hang his hat should he, say, seek higher office.
The Northvale company has been around since 1946, but under the leadership of CEO Ross Barna, it has become an overnight sensation. Or, perhaps, a three-year sensation as it took top honors among NJBIZ's 50 Fastest Growing Companies in New Jersey — an award based on growth since 2010. See the complete list in the supplement included in this edition.
New Jersey politics
We're not talking about the squabble between Jersey City and the Port Authority, but rather the status the state has nationally, thanks to Chris Christie. Following his eye-popping margin of victory — and his eye-raising cover on Time — Christie begins his term as head of the Republican Governor's Association. Such a prominent position assures that New Jersey will stay in the spotlight, and that's a good thing.
Sports, entertainment, tourism
The recently released economic impact report on this summer's Wrestlemania ($101.1M) shows the state is correct to make bringing in more top events (such as the Super Bowl and Atlantic City triathlon) a top priority. It's a win-win for businesses everywhere.
Camden company, long a leader in NJ, sees its quarterly profits fall 30 percent on declining U.S. soup sales and weaker demand for its products. Having a late Thanksgiving — meaning all those cans of cream of mushroom for your green bean casserole were pushed back a quarter — certainly didn't help.
Stories of the faulty Internet rollout are old news at this point, but the new stuff isn't any better. There are the logistical problems from a last-minute request to actually let people keep their old insurance policies (some states are in, some are out, some haven't decided) and now a question of cost — and more potential canceled polices.
Tough week for the Scarlet Knights. There was a horrendous home loss to Cincinnati (that, as they say, wasn't as close as the 52-17 final score ) on the heels of some de-commits from major recruits. Worse yet was a bullying incident between an assistant coach and a player. The aftermath has been an ugly battle of he-said, they-said, but no one is saying the incident didn't take place.