Faring among the worst in Gov. Christopher Christie’s transition team reports was the New Jersey Lottery Commission, which got slammed for “ineffective leadership and management” and “inadequate advertising and marketing support.” Whether the Christie administration seeks new revenues by leasing the lottery to a private sector operation or not, look for Acting Executive Director Steven Palmieri, Deputy Directors Duane Daniels and Robert Kersey, Marketing Manager Foster Krupa, Communications Director Dominick De Marco, and Information Management Systems Manager Joseph Bacso to be toast. Also, look for the Lottery’s advertising agency, Cedar Knolls-based Brushfire (run by John Leonardi) to be canned.
The Gaming/Sports and Entertainment Transition Committee run by former New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Chairman (and Christie fundraiser) Jon Hanson, beat the crap out of the NJSEA. The Sports Authority is on track to lose millions and has spent much of their money without paying down debt. CEO Dennis Robinson could be in trouble when his contract comes up, and look for the Christie administration to waste little time holding NJSEA Chairman Carl Goldberg accountable for the growing list of problems. Bet on Hanson, who held the post under Gov. Thomas Kean, to want his old job back.