♦ Winners…

  • CHRIS CHRISTIE
    His handling of Hurricane Sandy boosts his standing in two polls.
     
  • HOURLY WORKERS
    A Senate panel advances a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $8.50 from $7.25.
     
  • NEXT OF KIN
    New Jersey launches an emergency-contacts registry to help locate families of motor vehicle crash victims.
     
  • TOLL-ROAD DRIVERS
    A bill advancing in the state Senate would require E-Z Pass prices to be displayed.

… & Losers ♦

  • BEST BUY
    A state appeals court reinstates a personal injury suit, saying it’s unclear whether a shopper misused a shelf by stepping on it before falling.
     
  • JOHN BENCIVENGO
    The Hamilton mayor is convicted in federal court of taking bribes in return for helping deliver a contract with the school district.
     
  • NEW JERSEY COFFERS
    The federal government recommends that the state pay back $50 million in inappropriately claimed Medicaid payments.