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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: ROLLING
It’s really quite masterful. The governor is not only going to be re-elected (possibly by a record margin), but Chris Christie is gathering enough support from across the aisle to position himself for a run for the presidency — and doing it at a time when dysfunction in Washington has never been higher.

 

WINNERS

Shaquille O’Neil
We know, we know: Athletes can disappoint out of the athletic arena. But we have to think Shaquille’s growing presence in New Jersey (both in commercial development and political endorsements) can only be good for the state — and it’s reputation outside its borders.


Sick New Jersey workers
Movement for mandatory sick pay is picking up steam in Newark. And if it sells in the state’s biggest city, you can expect it to start gathering support elsewhere, too. Of course, that will hardly be a win for many small business owners.


Stockholders
No one is sure where the economy is going — or if it will ever really get going again. Despite the sense of uneasiness, the the market appears to only have one direction — straight up. The Dow hit a record high last Tuesday, great news for portfolios crushed by the economic crisis.


LOSERS

North Jersey towns
It all sounds great. The Super Bowl will be super for nearby towns. But as the game approaches, more are wondering if they have the resources to market their towns as a destination — especially one to pick over New York City. Monetizing the game’s appearance could prove difficult.


Insured New Jersey workers
The good news: You may get a paid sick day. The bad news: You may not have health insurance. Period. A new report says up to 10 percent of Jerseyans could
lose their health care and be forced to buy a more expensive plan.


Barbara Buono
How’s this for campaign issues: Three New Jersey companies announce layoffs on the same day — days before the election — but even that can’t help Buono steal the spotlight from the steady stream of (Democratic) endorsements of Chris Christie.

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