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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: GRATEFUL

    The governor sure was relieved when his Sandy spending plan got approval — so much so that he continued to sing praise for Barack Obama, who ‘kept every promise’ in the Sandy rebuild, as he said. True, but you have to hope the national GOP wasn’t paying attention.

    WINNERS

    Barbour, Griffith & Rogers
    In the past two years combined, AshBritt spent $10,000 on lobbying, but this Florida lobbying firm got $30,000 in the first quarter alone to help bolster the company’s reputation in the capital as the firestorm over its Sandy cleanup deal in New Jersey rankled critics.

    Ultimate Gaming
    Atlantic City raced to be a haven for i-gaming, but it’s this Nevada company that’s opening the first U.S.-based online poker operations. At first, it will be limited to the Silver State, but expect to see it grow — and inspire imitators.

    Bayer
    The Wayne health care titan wants to establish a foothold in contraception, and is looking to do so in a big way. It’s spending $1.1 billion to acquire California-based Conceptus Inc., with an eye on its nonsurgical Essure procedure.


    LOSERS

    New York Jets
    The narcissistic self-aggrandizing spectacle the franchise created over Tim Tebow when he touched down here last year was rewarded only with T-shirt and jersey sales. He’s been quietly released by the team that equally values volume and losing, particularly when done together (see Ryan, Rex entry).

    New Jersey Devils
    From conference champs to chumps: The Devils broke their attendance records during the regular season, but the playoffs are where the money is made, and this year, they’ll be watching from the golf course — good for them, since low scores were the theme of their 2013 season.

    Joseph Derrico
    Pension abuse gets yet another poster child from this former cop, who has been collecting a disability pension of nearly $70,000 a year for being “permanently disabled” by a leg injury. Nice that he hasn’t let that stop him from chasing deadbeats — on foot! — on TruTV’s “Bear Swamp Recovery.”

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