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

Christie and Cory Booker may be buddies, but politics comes first, and Booker spent a day last week with Christie challenger Barbara Buono in the Brick City. Don't feel bad, Christie: he's saved women from burning buildings, now Super Mayor is trying to save a candidate from anonymity.


ShopRite – WINNER
The company is bringing a supermarket to Camden to anchor a major retail development project in the 'food desert.' It's the first supermarket to come to Camden in three decades; if it succeeds, it'll be a huge part of the revitalization effort. If it fails, well, it'll be in good company.

Walmart – LOSER
Calling Walmart a loser is the ultimate layup, like saying you hate rutabagas. But the company's doing itself no favors with its reputation in New Jersey. It played a public will-we-or-won't-we game earlier in Newark, and then last week, walked away from a Hawthorne supermarket.

Eckert Seamans – WINNER
The Pittsburgh law firm is quietly building an empire in New Jersey. Its announced acquisition of Sterns & Weinroth, in Trenton, joins the Newark office it opened in January and gives the company almost 400 attorneys.

The $4 billion in infrastructure upgrades the utility wants its ratepayers to pay for is suddenly in for the lobbying fight of its life, with five of the Garden State's biggest lobbying guns, including AARP and New Jersey Citizen Action, trying to torpedo it.

Byrd Brothers – WINNER
Instead of just thanking its lucky stars when it was spared the worst from Hurricane Irene, Ocean City signed a contract with Byrd to be ready for the next one. Now, with Sandy rebuilds as slow as they are expensive, the city is showing the kind of foresight Christie wishes he had.

For-profit hospitals – LOSER
With regulators, lawmakers and the public at large still leery about for-profit operators in New Jersey hospitals, it was curious to see the executives of two of them having a public fight over tactics HUMC Holdco supposedly is using to block Prime Healthcare from the market. That'll ease concerns for sure.

Correction appended: Eckert Seamans will have almost 400 attorneys in total after its acquisition of Sterns & Weinroth. An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the 400 attorneys as a New Jersey number.

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