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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: CHEERY

A good week for the governor — his spidey-sense played huge with the grade-school crowd and he got positive marks for his clandestine lap-band surgery. Just when you thought it was safe to not bring up the 2016 election…

WINNERS

Patricia Krentcil
Apparently, the stopwatch on the Tan Mom's 15 minutes of fame is stuck at 14:59, giving her the opportunity to release a dance song last week, because her topless photo shoot at the beach wasn't in poor enough taste. So when do we get 'treated' to the reality show?

Beth Medrash Govoha
The ultra-Orthodox Jewish college lobbied hard for a piece of the higher education bond referendum voters approved in November, and it's slated to take in $10.6 million despite having admissions standards that include fluency in Hebrew and restrictions on dating. To be fair, its basketball coach hasn't been accused of verbally abusing players.

Prime Healthcare
There's no keeping Prime away, even as it accused rival Hudson Holdco of working in the shadows to unseat its New Jersey ambitions. Prime has added St. Clare's to its list of takeover targets; it's still awaiting approval of its plans to run St. Mary's and St. Michael's.

LOSERS

Barbara Buono
If you watched Christie's first re-election campaign video, you may have noticed that he doesn't actually mention he's running for re-election. He certainly doesn't deign to mention the name of his opponent, who's still scrambling to raise enough cash to make this a race. This isn't boding well.

Jersey City voters
You have to pity these residents when it comes to their mayor's race. Who's worse: The incumbent, whose rumored wild drinking may have played a role in the nude photo taken of him on his stoop, or the challenger who's making this an issue a decade later?

Bob Menendez
A reporter doing some follow-up asked the senator why he hadn't yet donated nearly $20,000 in tainted contributions, as he had said he'd do a year ago while running for office. When pressed, he blamed a campaign attorney, taking "passing the buck" to a literal level.

Write to the Editorial Department at editorial@njbiz.com

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