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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: MONEY

The governor may as well be printing it. He's raised better than $2.2 million from a number of well-to-do donors, such as Christie Whitman, Home Depot founder Kenneth Langone and ex-Exelon CEO John Rowe. On the other side, Barbara Buono may have to substitute cardboard and Sharpie signs for TV commercials.

WINNERS

AvalonBay

The developer is winning its battle over the former hospital site in Princeton by default, as the neighborhood group that spent the last year and a half fighting the project's every move has essentially run out of money. Now, maybe we can finally build something to replace the loss of a major ratable.

APK Towing

The company settled with Seaside Heights for $250,000 — a fraction of the nearly $3 million in services and damages it sought after the town suspended its contract with the company after residents were angered by towing the town ordered as Sandy neared. Not much cash, but at least its reputation is restored.

Hospitals

Thanks to Sandy, no one could go outside; thanks to the utilities, no one had power — how else were people supposed to pass the time? Now, hospitals have a chance to reap a windfall as expecting parents prepare to give birth nine months after the hurricane struck.

LOSERS

A&P

The Montvale grocer last week told the state that in September, it will close three of its South Jersey Pathmark stores, in Camden, Cherry Hill and Edgewater Park. Not only will the closings mean a loss of about 350 jobs, it also removes another oasis from Camden's food desert.

Snooki

Her ongoing battle with the Pelican Island community over attempts to stop the 'Jersey Shore' television personality from filming in the area moved to Twitter last week, where she exhorted her critics to 'grow up' and 'get over yourself' — two pieces of advices she would do well to follow herself.

Shore businesses

They may have the benefit of an annoyingly catchy jingle and inescapable commercials, but customer traffic is light, boardwalk businesses told the Press of Atlantic City last week. Perception remains a persistent problem.

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