Winners…

• EKATERINA SCHOENEFELD

The New York Court of Appeals agrees to hear the Princeton lawyer’s challenge to the state’s requirement that nonresident attorneys maintain an office for the transaction of law business in order to practice there.

• N.J. TAXPAYERS

State auditors block $4.6 million in fraudulent income tax refunds after auditing about 1,800 returns, finding many of them had been filed on behalf of dead people.

• STUART RABNER

The NJ State Bar Association, speaking for itself and the 21 county bars, urges Gov. Chris Christie to reappoint the chief justice, whose term ends in June, for the sake of judicial independence—though the term is open to interpretation.

… & Losers

• N.J. TAXPAYERS

Even at heavily discounted hourly rates, New York’s Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher bills Gov. Chris Christie’s administration $1.1 million for less than three weeks’ work preparing an exonerative report.

• MICHAEL DUHAIME

Gov. Chris Christie’s top political strategist will have to comply with a wide-reaching document subpoena from the Bridgegate investigative committee that his lawyer calls a pointless fishing expedition.

• N.J. JOB SEEKERS

The Rutgers University Economic Advisory Service estimates that only about 24,400 nonagricultural jobs will be created in the state in 2014, about half as many as were created in 2013.