On the list this week: the NFL, a Superior Court judge, N.J. taxpayers and more.
Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
Facetime: Measured (or muted)
At town halls, in his budget address, in his response to explosive comments by Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye: Christie has been measured and thoughtful. No name calling, no bombast. It's made for solid governing and certainly is necessary as he rebuilds his reputation (and attempts to rebuild his poll ratings). But we have to admit, we kind of miss the straight-talk statements that endeared him to so many.
We'll call it — wait for it — a political compromise. Gov. Christie did not cut any taxes or call for any new ones. Both sides got a little something out of it, which is the way good government works.
Simply put, the Superior Court judge who threw Trenton Mayor Tony Mack out of office did the right thing. And did it quickly. "Once you are found guilty by a jury of your peers, not only does the presumption of innocence disappear, but with it comes the stigma and the shadow ... of being found guilty by a jury of your peers of crimes of dishonesty," she said.
We've ripped the league — deservedly — for many of the events surrounding the Super Bowl. So we'll praise them for making good on paying $18K to the Secaucus school district and fire department — a sum they were threatening not to pay after pulling out of plans to lease space in the town.
We get it — you're against Senate President Steve Sweeney because he's supporting a bill to reduce the number of rounds in a firearm. But a recall effort? Haven't we had enough of those in this country? The beauty of our system is that we can change our elected leaders at the ballot box. In a regularly scheduled election — not when you disagree with one action.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which operates the two major toll roads, already has paid $31.8 million in snow removal. That's more than the previous two years combined, and we still have 10 months to go. We can only hope that doesn't mean less money for potholes.
A couple of small-time thieves swiped a tip jar from Efe's Mediterranean Grill in Princeton recently. The good news? Two arrests have been made in the incident. Surprised to see that neither man is named Costanza.