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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: POLISHED
We’re not saying he’s invincible in the debating forum — Corzine held his own against Christie in 2009 — but you are not going to beat him by turning up the heat, as Buono did in last week’s debate. ‘You want to start throwing stones tonight, you better get out of your glass house,’ Christie shot back to a Buono charge.

WINNERS

Cory Booker

No one in either party ever really mounted a coherent challenge against the Newark mayor, who finally gets the seat vacated by Frank Lautenberg. How this affects the Brick City remains to be seen, but it can’t hurt having a guy with his talents in Washington.

Borgata

The casino will become the first in the state to offer online gaming, getting its final approvals in hand last week. That’s huge for Atlantic City and especially Borgata, and critical to helping it keep its edge — at least, until other states approve the practice, as well.

Hudson County residents

Ahead of the Super Bowl in February, the Jersey Journal reports local homeowners are renting out their digs to football fans looking for a place to stay for the week. Because when it comes to gouging the tourists, why should the hotels get to have all the fun?

LOSERS

Steve Lonegan

He should have taken a few plays out of Chris Christie’s book, instead of turning to eleventh-hour ranting against his opponent. Booker doesn’t live in Newark? Hold the line on the shutdown? Newark is “the big black hole”? This guy would’ve lost to Barbara Buono, of all people.

Savient Pharmaceuticals

Some bad news in the life sciences community, as the Bridgewater company, which has a promising treatment for gout, filed for bankruptcy last week, with $260 million in debt. It has agreed to be sold to Sloan Holdings for just $55 million, according to the bankruptcy court.

New Jersey Devils

Talk about a rough start for the Josh Harris/David Blitzer era: Not only were the Devils still looking for a win two weeks after the season opened, fans actually booed after the team scored during home games, because the new owners changed the goal celebration song.

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