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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: NOTED
It’s one thing to be the hot guest on Sunday talk shows — and the butt of late-night jokes (all press is good press, right?). Christie has now reached a new level, the one where other politicians can’t help but talk about you, from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker comparing himself to Christie, to so-called rival Rand Paul perhaps suggesting they should end their feud.

 

WINNERS

Gratitude Graffiti
This is a great idea – local businesses allow people to write messages of gratitude on their storefront windows leading up to Thanksgiving. The project is in Highland Park, Summit and Maplewood (that we know of). It would be great to make it an annual statewide event.

Liberty State Park
It’s great that repairs will begin being made to the ferry slip at Liberty State Park, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Better yet, a New Jersey company, Flanagan’s Contracting Group in Hillsborough, got the bid to do the $800,000 job.

The Meadowlands
It’s nice that the seemingly outdated harness track was turned over to private businessman Jeff Gural. Even nicer that the recent grand opening of an $88 million grandstand – not to mention a sports bar and nightclub – was a big hit. And a big hit with a much-needed younger demographic.


LOSERS

Irvington
We’d like to think the plan to use eminent domain to bail out homeowners facing foreclosure would be a good thing, but whenever government interferes in the economy in ways like this, things usually turn out worse. Someone will make money on this, but we’re doubting it will be the homeowners.

Four pharma towns
Recent moves by Merck and Roche are going to come at a big cost to the towns of Readington, Summit, Nutley and Clifton as it is estimated the four northern New Jersey towns are facing the loss of $29 million in combined tax revenue. That’s a tough pill to swallow.

Discrimination
What’s far worse than a legitimate example of discrimination? A concocted one. That appears to be the case in Bridgewater, where reports are surfacing that the no-tip a gay waitress received “due to her lifestyle” was actually just a hoax. The apparent party has produced a receipt that shows no judgmental words – just a nearly 20 percent tip.

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