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On the list this week: Barnabas Health, Sandy victims, Toys 'R' Us and more.

Each week in Facetime, NJBIZ editors approximate Chris Christie's mood and facial expressions based on the news.

FACETIME: Plugging away

He's starting to make his old jokes ("Elect a new president," he said when asked how you fix Obamacare) and doesn't mind being the butt of them (George Norcross took a playful jab at him this week, claiming to be the only person who could shut down a bridge). His poll numbers have bottomed out, now he's got two years to rebuild them. Can he? Will be fun to watch. But there's hope either way. After all, Bill Baroni just got a new job.

WINNERS

Parents

The ruling in the Rachel Canning case — that 18-year-olds can't move out of the house after a dispute with their parents and then demand those parents continue to fund their lifestyle — is a victory for anyone with a teen who doesn't quite understand how the world works yet.

Charter schools

We salute the fact that two are now being forced to close. It means failing schools are not going to be allowed to continue and gives more credibility to the other charter schools. In other words, it makes them accountable — like businesses — and that's a good thing.

Barnabas Health

The state's biggest hospital system is going to introduce its own insurance program. Makes sense to us. More choices for consumers and small businesses are always is a good thing.

LOSERS

Sandy victims

Should we be surprised that the government programs to distribute aid to businesses and homeowners are not working as well as optimists hoped? No, we shouldn't. Give government big money to distribute and you always get big problems.

Hiring bills

So there's a new bill that will prohibit hiring managers from discriminating against candidates that are unemployed. Sounds noble — and should be obvious — but how are you going to enforce that? With the thought police? Aren't there better things to work on in Trenton?

Toys 'R' Us

Reports say massive layoffs are coming to the Wayne-based company, which is struggling to keep up with the retail times for toys. This iconic company needs an overhaul.

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