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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.

FACETIME: Presidential
For a tough talker considered to be either a straight shooter (among those who support him) or a loudmouth (among those who don't), Christie once again showed he has the savvy to be a leader. His ability to broaden his appeal to non-traditional Republican voters and his polished acceptance speech were impressive.

WINNERS

Chris Christie
Hard to say anyone else won this week. He did the expected — getting re-elected convincingly. Now he's in position to do even more: Bring together a party in disarray as he prepares a run for the presidency.


(Longtime) homeowners
Median home prices in New Jersey are up 6.4 percent in the third quarter compared to last year. It's not only the largest rise since the housing recovery began, but it is the fourth straight quarterly increase.


The Jets
Who would have thought, it's halfway through the season and the Jets are the only area team that has a chance to play in the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. Management decision to stick with Rex Ryan looking good.

LOSERS


Tom Kean Jr.
Despite having the strongest Republican since his father at the top of the ticket, Kean could not help the party pick up seats and may now battle to hold his position within his caucus.


Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion to settle criminal and civil allegations the company promoted prescription drugs for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and paid kickbacks to physicians and pharmacists.


N.J. taxpayers
We're not going to rail against holding two elections — that's just politics. But having so many elections that went true to form has us longing for a time when races could go down to the wire.

Write to the Editorial Department at editorial@njbiz.com

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