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Winners and Losers

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

FACE TIME: PRIME TIME

The governor is no longer content to simply appear on late-night talk shows, even if they allow him a chance to sing along with Jimmy Fallon. So he's making the jump into sitcoms, and will play himself in an episode of the forthcoming 'Michael J. Fox Show.' All that play-acting nice with Democrats is about to pay off.

WINNERS

Sands Casino

Pennsylvania's explosive gaming growth has stabilized, as it's now content to just eat Atlantic City's lunch, as opposed to beating it up in the schoolyard, too. But the Sands is continuing to grow aggressively, with table games revenue up almost 30 percent over the year. No wonder the company left New Jersey.

New Jersey Devils

The face of the team 'retired' to play in the Russian professional league, and while fans will miss him on the ice, the front office may have paid for his plane ticket to get rid of Ilya Kovalchuk's monster contract, which had to be scaring off potential investors. But can they afford to miss the playoffs again?

Steve Lonegan

The virtual lock to win the GOP Senate primary is a master at turning heads. He spoke with the Record's editorial board and presented a real solution for the state of our public transit infrastructure: get the private sector to take the lead. Will be fun to see how that plays out against Cory Booker in the fall.

LOSERS

Revel

'It's a very difficult day here at the company,' the casino's CEO said in announcing it was laying off 75 despite turning in its first-ever profitable week. Sort of begs the question, though: Isn't almost every day a difficult one at an underperforming casino like Revel?

Vernon Hill

The ousted founder of Commerce Bank, now TD, is angling for yet another court date to make yet another case for a $17.2 million severance payment he says he's owed following his ejection from the Cherry Hill-based lender in 2007. It seems unlikely this will translate into a payday for him.

Robert Barchi

Compared to the scandals he's faced since taking the helm at Rutgers, the latest doesn't even rise to the level of a scandal, really. But that's not saying much. Barchi should immediately cut ties to the two companies he sits on the boards of, since they do so much business with the university.

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