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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: VERY GQ
The gov was saluted by a national men’s magazine (No, not Maxim): “Christie might be the only politician in America who had a good 2013,” GQ wrote, naming him, ‘Boss of the Year.’ “In New Jersey, he was stalwart in the wake of Sandy … Nationally, he was a lone voice of reason in an increasingly insane GOP …  Along the way, he turned himself into that most unlikely of pols: a happy warrior.”

WINNERS

Stevens and solar
Hats off to the students at Stevens who designed the award-winning “solar smart house.” The house — which placed fourth in the world (and second in the U.S.) in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon last October — will be donated to a veterans’ center in California and go to good use.


Sports and recreation
For all the hubbub that will come with the Super Bowl (even if much of the money lands in NYC), the state should welcome the arrival of a second triathlon in 2014 (this time, an Ironman triathlon to be held in Princeton). Sports and recreation events are not only a boost to local economies; they are another way for the state to be presented in a positive light to outsiders — a key to long-term growth.


Amazon
We’re not sure how Amazon is going to be successful in the coming years (drones made for a great “60 Minutes” piece), but we do know It will be. And, the 1 million-square-foot distribution center it is erecting in Robbinsville is helping cement New Jersey’s place as the center of retail shipping in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.


LOSERS

Tony Mack
The latest allegations against the Trenton mayor, which surfaced in court filings last week, are another example of political corruption at its worst. Kickbacks from city employees just to keep their jobs? That’s not the type of job creation that’s needed in our capital city.


Dennis Kozlowski
Speaking of trust, the former Tyco CEO has been scheduled for parole starting Jan. 17, after spending more than eight years in prison for his conviction in a $134 million corporate fraud case. We’ve got no issues with people getting rich — especially those who run companies. But Kozlowski, a disgraced Seton Hall grad, gives a bad name to those who do it honestly.


Showboat
In yet another trust issue, the Atlantic City hotel and casino was fined $7,000 by the Division of Gaming Enforcement for repeatedly dealing hands with unshuffled cards. This isn’t just bad for gamblers, but for Atlantic City and state taxpayers as well. The emergence and growth of online gambling has huge potential for the state — any hint of impropriety by any gaming organization can only hurt.

Write to the Editorial Department at editorial@njbiz.com

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