Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
FACE TIME: UNSTOPPABLE
Christie finds new levels of popularity, even when the headlines last week were dominated by projects in which he's invested, and seemingly lost, lots of political capital — Revel's bankruptcy and promises to restart American Dream. What can possibly slow this man down?
WINNERS / LOSERS
PSE&G – WINNER
It wants to do $4 billion worth of infrastructure upgrades in order to withstand the next hurricane. Of course, there's only one way to pay for that — customers, who will have to decide if added reliability in the next storm trumps shelling out more to harden the system.
Charles Mainor – LOSER
He likes big butts, and he cannot lie — except to blame his daughter for how he "likes" Big Booty Freaks on Facebook, and another page showcasing physical assault. That still pales to his top Facebook contribution — referring to the Philadelphia Eagles as "gaybirds" in a post last year.
Rational Group – WINNER
With Atlantic City looking less welcoming to gaming companies every day, the news that the Poker Stars operator is interested in the Atlantic Club has many expecting the notorious layers of red tape around gaming to thin out as New Jersey gets less picky about who saves the city.
Kevin DeSanctis – LOSER
What can we say that hasn't been said already? Revel's bankruptcy filing less than a year after it opened is the worst kind of news for the hubristic crystal palace by the sea. DeSanctis needs to come up with a new playbook to appease rightfully skittish creditors.
Flying Fish – WINNER
The craft brewery gave a mighty FU — that's Forever Unloved — to Hurricane Sandy with its FU Sandy wheat/pale ale. The company says everything that went into the beer was donated, so the brewery donated some $40,000 in proceeds last weekend to the recovery effort.
Vincent Prieto – LOSER
He's trying to give the Legislature veto power over the governor on certain matters, as he's upset about the cleanup contract awarded to AshBritt. Excuse us while we refrain from making jokes about Hudson County politicians suddenly interested in exposing no-bid deals, not lining their pockets with them.