"I hope to keep everybody working. It's Christmas."

- developer Brian O'Neill,
on a holdup in state funding
for construction of his Philadelphia Regional Produce Market

"Despite the current problems in Atlantic City, I continue to have great faith in the city's future."

- Carl Icahn, who agreed
to buy most of bankrupt
Trump Entertainment
Resorts Inc.'s bank debt

"There's no sugarcoating it. It's another poor result for the Atlantic City casinos."

- casino consultant Joe Weinert, on a double-digit decline in November casino revenue

"The failure of consumers to turn up to the party will be the main reason why the overall economic recovery will ultimately disappoint."

- economist Paul Dales

"We're going from the first global recession in 70 years to a tepid, but very real global growth story."

- market strategist
Stephen Wood
"I get to go through the security lines at the airport much more quickly. And I can take along more than 3 ounces of fluid if I want."

- Ben S. Bernanke,
on the benefits of being
Federal Reserve chairman

"This is not a broken promise, it is a pledge to do something right."

- General Motors Europe chief executive officer Nick Reilly, on why a restructuring plan will be announced in January, not as promised this month

"Each day there is new, somewhat negative information to this story, his brand takes a little hit."

- sports marketer Steve Rosner, on Tiger Woods

"It is a license for people who might want to be abusive, by guaranteeing them that they'll never be audited."

- U.S. Rep. Barney Frank
(D., Mass.), on small-company exemptions to
the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Compiled from The Inquirer, Associated Press, Bloomberg News.