Each week in Face Time, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.
FACE TIME: GLOOM AND DUNE
Coastal homeowners beware: the governor is going to personally call you out if you resist the state's efforts to build dunes to protect yourself from future storms. Ask Loretta Weinberg and Barbara Keshishian, neither of whom has a beachfront house, what that's like.
WINNERS AND LOSERS
Jim McGreevey – WINNER
The ex-governor's 'Fall to Grace' — where he explains the conflict over his identity — had its New Jersey debut last week. Remember the allegations of pay to play and extortion? How about the cushy job he offered his lover, who wasn't qualified to do it? Because no one else seems to.
Joe Cryan – LOSER
Lobbyists: The way to this man's heart isn't through his wallet, but through his obsession with leather and spankings. Nice to see that even though he's double dipping — no pun intended — on the public dime, he's still got time to send sexually explicit e-mails on the job.
Macquarie Group – WINNER
The Lottery slogan is "Give your dreams a chance." If chance fails, hire Macquarie. The Record reports Macquarie is advising the state on privatizing lottery functions, and has worked with the lone bidders on the contract. Call it the Jersey Jackpot, because this doesn't seem to happen anywhere else.
Birdsall Services Group – LOSER
How to do business in New Jersey, Part II: The Monmouth engineering firm's reputation got its wings clipped last week, as authorities are accusing seven top-level executives of a huge violation of pay-to-play laws, saying the company made nearly $700,000 in political contributions without reporting them.
WWE – WINNER
Underneath all those muscles, tight clothes and body oil beats a heart of gold. Before these wrestlers bring their unique brand of posturing and play-acting to MetLife Stadium, they'll auction off items to benefit Sandy charities. They also canceled a November launch event out of respect for storm victims.
Solgar, Catalent – LOSER
Both are shutting plants here, idling nearly 200 employees in the process and continuing to underscore how difficult it is for manufacturers to establish and maintain a foothold here: In each case, workers may be offered jobs at manufacturing sites in other states.
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