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Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.


Being named to Barbara Walters' list of the people she finds most fascinating probably gave the governor a lift. That is, until he saw he was sharing space with One Direction and "Fifty Shades of Gray." Well, there's always Time's coveted Man of the Year designation to strive for.

Jerry Zaro – Winner

A big shot in the Corzine days, the Sills, Cummis attorney got to prove his worth to the Christie team by taking a lead role with the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Fellow trustees Bill Palatucci and the first lady have brought in more than $16 million so far.

Mom and pop – Loser

Ahead of the Christmas shopping season, reports indicated that smaller retailers were losing momentum as their larger competitors stayed the course. How they respond to this challenge will be critical as they vie for a piece of the holiday pie.

Developers – Winner

Allowing the state to speed up the reconstruction of Sandy-ruined infrastructure projects by waiving certain permitting processes is great news for construction companies and labor unions, who can quickly get long-idled workers back on the job. That may be as silver a lining as you find in the storm's wake.

John Bencivengo – Loser

It's bad enough that the corrupt Hamilton mayor was convicted for taking more than $12,000 in bribes. But thanks to a quirk in the law, if he hadn't resigned, he would have continued to receive his six-figure salary until his sentencing, which isn't going to take place until February. Talk about kickbacks that keep on kicking.

Tim Pernetti – Winner

Rutgers football has come roaring back this year, but better than the comeback season is the decision to join the Big Ten. After watching better schools flee the Big Least, the Scarlet Knight gets a good reward for holding out as long as it did.

Loch Arbor – Loser

The clerk of this village of 194 may get a $694,000 severance package if the town goes through with its merger with nearby Allenhurst. That doesn't include her pension, either. And thus, the home rule crowd was given a new poster child.

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