Winners/Losers

January 21. 2013 3:00AM


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

FACE TIME: CELEBRATORY
The quick-witted governor is a master at those town halls where he charms attendees, recites applause lines and plays for the cameras. So it's no wonder he celebrated the 100th event with, what else, a YouTube video.

WINNERS/LOSERS
Sandy victims – WINNER

The $50.5 billion aid package finally made it through the recalcitrant House, good news for the state's hard-hit communities and people displaced by Hurricane Sandy. There are still a few steps before the money lands here, but the victims can feel a little less dissed by U.S. lawmakers.

Democrats – LOSER

Cory Booker keeps nipping at Frank Lautenberg's heels while other Dems tell the mayor to back off. George Norcross and Dick Codey go at each other in the media, stealing limelight from a key Buono endorsement. Who needs reality TV when we have the "Democrats in Disarray" show?

Nutley/Clifton – WINNER

At least there is movement. Media reports say officials picked four planners to interview about possible uses for the 119-acre Roche campus. Roche remains a bitter pill, with plans to eliminate 1,000 jobs. Any ratables there would be an improvement.

Atlantic City – LOSER

Second place is first loser, but it's still better than third. Atlantic City discovered that stinging truth last week when it slipped to third place, behind Pennsylvania, for U.S. gambling markets based on revenue. Now the bet is whether A.C. can regain its longheld title.

Barbara Buono – WINNER

She keeps racking up endorsements, while other Democrats dither. George Norcross' support with its "in the absence of anyone else" qualifier was a bit like being asked to the prom, unless a cheerleader becomes available. But in the drama of politics (and high school), it's better than nothing.

Newspapers – LOSER

The Star-Ledger laid off nearly 10 percent of its newsroom. The Press of Atlantic City was put up for sale. The owners threatened to liquidate the Philadelphia dailies if the guild won't allow wage cuts. The paper cuts continue in a challenged industry.


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