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

FACE TIME: LEFT TURN
The governor will again be in attendance at the annual White House Correspondents' dinner, this time on the arm of liberal media queen Arianna Huffington. This could be the oddest couple in the media since Felix Unger and Oscar Madison.

WINNERS/LOSERS

MHA – WINNER
Its Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus joined the trend of getting into the insurance game, launching its own network last week that it says will be cheaper than traditional plans. That comes about a week after it was sued by a union representing its workers, though.

Robert Barchi – LOSER
Apparently, Rutgers did not make it to the Final Four this year — odd, because it seemed the team was on everyone's tongue while the national championship was playing out. The school president's town hall meeting last week became a rout faster than most games against the Scarlet Knights do.

Port Authority – WINNER
Not only has United Airlines agreed to complete $150 million in renovations at its terminal in Newark following a 20-year lease extension, the airport welcomed Virgin Airlines to town last week as well. The carrier will offer direct flights from Newark to California.

Howard Birdsall – LOSER
A delightful report in the Asbury Park Press last week pointed out that Birdsall's grandfather, Claude, fled New York to start his company here because of the rampant corruption plaguing Manhattan. How ironic to see a pay-to-play scandal ensnare some of its top executives and land the engineering firm in bankruptcy court.

Atlantic City Alliance – WINNER
If you don't count the big one — gaming — the tourism metrics for the city have steadily improved since its Do AC campaign launched. It got a $20 million reboot last week, but got stuck sharing headlines with a couple found dead in a room in Revel.

DEP – LOSER
Are business owners really going to be shedding a tear for a smaller DEP? Probably not. But Christie's budget continues cutting from the department, meaning the Sandy rebuild may get more complicated and the regulatory process even more delayed and drawn out.

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