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Winners and Losers

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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: (NOT SO) COY
"What I'm interested in doing is being the governor of New Jersey," Gov. Chris Christie said to just about anyone who would ask — and after agreeing to be on a handful of Sunday talks shows where he knew he would be asked (repeatedly) about running for president.

WINNERS

Christie's decision on health exchanges

"Anyone who's managed anything or run anything over the course of their careers could see that this was a train wreck, and I was not going to get the people of New Jersey involved in this train wreck in that way," Christie told the talk shows. Tough to argue.

Business travelers

The Trenton-Mercer airport not only re-opened, it did so with plans to add five more regional destinations (Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Nashville and Indianapolis) by the end of April. More choices is a good thing for people in Central Jersey — and those in North and South Jersey.

Veterans

Veteran-owned businesses won't have to pay any fees on loans under $350,000 backed by the Small Business Administration starting Jan. 1, under a new initiative aimed at encouraging veterans to start new businesses or expand existing ones. "Veterans have historically shown an entrepreneurial spirit," said Richard Zilg, the SBA's deputy district director for New Jersey. It's the least we can do.

LOSERS

Solar government programs

The massive tax breaks and subsidies weren't enough. Now there's a $500M lawsuit against the state board

of utilities. We're not passing judgment on the suit. We admit, we don't know the particulars. We just wish the solar industry would have been allowed to rise and fall on its own.

J&J

It agreed to pay more than $4 billion to settle lawsuits involving defective hip implants. This, after agreeing to $2.2 billion in a marketing settlement earlier this month. Of course, if you agree to pay more than $6 billion in a matter of weeks, we're guessing the company knows it could have been much worse.

Thanksgiving dessert

More than a dozen national retailers have announced they will be open for shopping on Thanksgiving Day. Wayne-based Toys R Us said its doors will open at 5 p.m. for holiday shopping. We get the retail season, but at what point is it all too much?

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