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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: CONTROLLED

The governor didn't use a bully pulpit when he had the chance to go after Barbara Buono in their first debate. In fact, he was a bit soft at times: "She's obviously a good and caring mother and someone who cares deeply about public service," he said. That probably played well — inside and outside of New Jersey's borders.

WINNERS

The house

Internet gambling will officially be legal in New Jersey as of Nov. 26. Depending on how good a player you are, this news may not seem like a "win." But with one estimate putting five-year online gambling business at $8.5 billion annually, someone is bound to be winning, even if it's only the house.

South Jersey

Ribbon cutting on MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, a new four-story, $100 million cancer treatment center in Camden, is another win for the region.

Chris Christie

The governor didn't need to win the first debate — he just had to avoid losing it. Or worse, giving Barbara Buono an attention-grabbing moment. That didn't happen. Even more, he appeared to win it on points.

LOSERS

Alcatel-Lucent

The French telecommunications giant will lay off 10,000 people worldwide in a move the company's chief executive called a "last chance" plan. With 3,000 employees in New Jersey and news that only 900 of the lost jobs will come from France, it's hard to see a scenario in which the Garden State isn't hit by the downsizing.

Steve Lonegan

He failed to capitalize on his surge in the polls, never cutting the deficit to single digits. The "Star-Ledger" report that he requested $500,000 in aid from the state (he received $350,000) while mayor of Bogota — which doesn't fit his image of someone critical of taking government bailouts — didn't help.

F1 racing fans

New Jersey made it onto the Formula One calendar, but only as a provisional date. Some observers are saying there are far too many races scheduled, and those with an asterisk, like the one at the Port Imperial site in N.J., should be the first to go. The controversy follows a long road that has already seen the race pushed from 2013 to next year.

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