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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: OVERTAXED

The governor is giving challenger Barbara Buono both barrels over her tax record in Trenton, including the measure she supported that increased legislators’ salaries. So far, his commercials don’t mention that the pay raise in question was sponsored by a Christie pal, Republican Joe Kyrillos.

WINNERS

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield

It’s hard to find a winner in the miasma that is the Affordable Care Act, but Horizon is the state’s largest insurer, and has spent plenty of money in hopes of growing its membership through Obamacare. Common sense would seem to dictate they have the most to gain from expanded coverage.

Higher education

Within the space of a week, we had groundbreakings on some major developments in New Brunswick and Montclair, as Rutgers’ long-anticipated seminary project and two new buildings on the Montclair State campus got underway. Together, those projects represent more than $400 million in investment.

Poo Prints

A swanky Riverdale community is outraged that dog owners aren’t cleaning up after their pooches, so it’s swabbing the mouths of local dogs and testing that DNA against any droppings found on the ground. Poo Prints is in Tennessee; it sure stinks that there wasn’t a New Jersey company to give this business to.

LOSERS

Zygi Wilf

The Minnesota Vikings owner is arguably having a worse season than his football team. Wilf’s Garden Homes empire has been ordered to pay $84.5 million to resolve a dispute — first filed in 1992 — with two former partners who say they were defrauded in a deal more than 20 years ago.

Metlife

The insurer may be getting its name on the stadium hosting the next Super Bowl, but its main form of exposure at sports events — its signature blimps — will be grounded for the big game. Snoopys One and Two wouldn’t perform well in a snowstorm, so they’ll be dispatched to warmer climes, the company said.

Rutgers

Yes, you can be a winner and a loser in the same week. The school took some heat for rewriting the opening to its alma mater to make it ‘gender inclusive.’ Fine by us, but how did it take four years — seriously, four years — to rewrite two lines of the song?

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