With nose gear problems, a pilot might try keeping the nose in the air while landing and slowing the plane to a near stop. I've seen this maneuver done by F-15 pilots. Apparently they like to see who can keep the nose up the longest. I don't think a Learjet could do such a stunt. The pilot might have preferred to let the nose down as slow as possible. The Grimli Glider had a nose gear that didn't want to lock as one of its problems. The gear collapsed on landing and the front part of the fuselage halted the aircraft. The pilot of the Learjet took a long time to land apparently figuring out the best way to minimize damage to the plane and injury to the passengers. He tried a couple of times to land but aborted before landing at Lambert. To his credit, he succeeded without incident.
As to emergency landings, this one ended on a good note. Too often they don't end well. I suppose it made the national news because the pilot requested the main airport rather than the smaller one. The story was covered by Fox 2 News.