Yep, It Turns out Chris Christie Being a Cowboys Fan Is an Actual Problem

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The International Business Times:

Less than two years before Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones paid for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s tickets and travel to NFL games, government documents show Christie personally pushed the Port Authority to approve a lucrative contract for a firm part-owned by Jones. Christie nonetheless accepted the gifts from Jones, despite New Jersey ethics rules barring gifts to public officials from persons or entities that those officials “deal with, contact, or regulate in the course of official business.”

On March 19, 2013, Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a press release announcing their selection of Legends Hospitality LLC to operate the observation deck on the top floor of One World Trade Center. The next day, the Port Authority board — which is appointed by Christie and Cuomo — specifically cited the governors’ announcement in voting to approve the contract for the company, which is jointly owned by the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees and Checketts Partners Investment Fund.*

The Port Authority press release announcing the vote quotes Dallas Cowboys executive Jerry Jones, Jr. as saying: “We are humbled to have been chosen to operate the Observatory Deck.”

Haha. I had the over-under set at 72 hours for something like this to come out, but I underestimated reporters coming off a two-week vacation– it was about 36 hours from the end of the game on Sunday until this report. Nice job, fellas.

Christie’s crew claims that the governor with the precisely-crafted image is allowed to accept gifts from “personal friends,” the definition of which is about as subjective as it comes.

There were some people chiming in with the usual “Who cares what team he’s a fan of?! stuff on Twitter yesterday. The answer is “no one,” but I’d argue that there are three reasons why it’s, like, a thing now:

1) His motives – playing to a national audience for an anticipated Presidential bid – are more transparent than the mist over a crowded George Washington Bridge. He wears that big red sweater for one two reasons: so he’s easy to spot on TV and because his tailor probably ran out of grey thread.

2) It’s one thing to be a fan, it’s another to throw it in the face of basically every football fan in your state. No Eagles, Giants or Jets fan appreciates their governor rubbing it in on national TV, especially when it’s so obvious that he’s doing it for ostensible future gain.

And now, 3) There’s an actual conflict of interest BECAUSE OF COURSE THERE IS! At this point I’m convinced that all rich people and politicians just weekend (v.) together doing blow and hookers and concocting ways to screw everyone else along with the hookers.

*A company jointly owned by the Cowboys and Yankees? What, do they manufacture bandwagons? HUZZUH! Thanks, I’m here all week. Be sure to tip your waiters and Jim.

Love the way the Inquirer is pushing their 10-hour old story on the ethical quandary of Christie taking Jones up on his offer which makes no mention of this recent report:

Newspapers! Come check out our now completely outdated story!

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42 Responses

  1. This city/fanbase’s obsession with the Dallas Cowboys is getting ridiculously pathetic.

    1. Christie’s fandom just shows a basic lack of morals and integrity. It shows no loyalty to your home state and the people who reside there. As a nj resident I have every right to be concerned over his allegiance because it shows his lack of concern for the people of his state. Asshole.

      1. Seriously? The governor’s fandom is a reflection on his job and how he cares about his people?

        I guess every Pennsylvanian from Chester County westward hated Ed Rendell and wanted to run him out of town because he was/is a panelist on an Eagles post-game show as the “voice of the fan”….oh wait, no, they elected him to a second term.

        People who vote based on an incumbent or candidate’s sports rooting interest should have their right to vote revoked.

        Now, if there is wrong-doing, or Jerry Jones is getting sweetheart deals in the state because he’s putting Christie up in Dallas to see playoff games that’s another story. But, “As a nj resident I have every right to be concerned over his allegiance because it shows his lack of concern for the people of his state” that is just juvenile and ludicrous.

        1. Rendell had actually been mayor of Philadelphia and a long time resident. Christie never resided in or near Dallas. Rendell actually paid, and continues to pay, for his own Eagles club level seats. Huge difference dingus.

    2. Yes, because we’re the only fanbase that has an obsessive hatred of a rival team. There’s no way that the Red Sox/Yankees, Yankees/Mets, Alabama/Auburn, Michigan/Ohio State, Flyers/Penguins, Patriots/Jets, 49ers/Raiders, Bears/Packers, Packers/Vikings, etc. rivalries are just as bad, if not worse, than the Eagles/Cowboys rivalry. Are you new to sports? That’s how rivalries works bro.

      1. I doubt the Dallas Morning News would be running front page stories about an Eagles playoff game unless a fatality occurred.

        Granted New York papers did it as well.

        But, still sad none-the-less.

        1. If Rick Perry was making an ass of himself attending Eagles or Giants games you bet your ass the Dallas Morning News and every paper in that state would cover it and if they found out he had awarded a business contract to the Steinbrenner family there would be an extensive investigation. You don’t know Texas very well at all.

  2. It was only a matter of time before Christie’s arrogance caught up with him.

    He actually had a good thing going with his “tough talking straight-shooter” persona early in his tenure but he made the classic fatal mistake of becoming so enraptured with himself that he forgot about those waiting to pounce the moment he broke an actual rule.

    His “straight shooter” act has now morphed into “political bully” and NOBODY gets on board with that.

      1. well stated and on point too. furthermore, it is truly scary that he will likely seek a presidential bid. it is one thing for him to be the loudmouth, blowhard governor of a state that has a notorious reputation for making an ass out of itself in american pop culture, but could you imagine the national and international embarrassment that would ensue from his handling of foreign affairs as our nation’s president? i could see him now at a G-8 summit and literally telling putin to sit the hell down and shut up! that’s why i hope and pray that he continues to embarrass himself and his political downfalls amount to a height that is higher than his favorite sundae!

        1. I don’t think he stands a chance in the primary…at least I hope he doesn’t…

          What an embarrassment he would be.

        2. Actually he and Putin would probably get along great. I bet they’d be slapping eachother on the back as they picked Russian prostitutes from a catalog and talked about Leftist pussies and how much Obama sucked.They would endlessly joke about gay marriage together as they went out to hunt endangered animals on Jerry Jones tab. That’s what I picture. All of europe would hate him surely though..

    1. Christie has always been a bully and it was just a matter of time before people realized the truth about his “straight talker, non-phony’ schtick. He has now used the people of New Jersey for his next stepping stone and doesn’t give a sh*t about them anymore.

  3. What an opportunistic phat phuk he is. And yes wearing that obnoxious sweater each week to ostensibly cheer on blue/white Dallas was the first “red flag”.

    Cowboys and politics aside, this selfish blowhard loser can’t go away fast enough.

  4. Now that old people can manage to use youtube, I’m looking forward to the public beatdown Rand Paul gives Christie in the primary debates.

    1. I’m looking forward to Christie eating Paul after the public beat down and then having a heart attack. Two birds, one stone.

  5. “Love the way the Inquirer is pushing their 10-hour old story on the ethical quandary of Christie taking Jones up on his offer which makes no mention of this recent report:

    Newspapers! Come check out our now completely outdated story!”

    So what is your excuse when Crossing Broad published the 3-day-old story about one of the Cowboys playing Madden which had already appeared on every major sports website in the country by that point?

    Also, everyboday knows that Marrimow is an idiot. It has nothing to do with newspapers.

      1. Let’s also not ignore the fact that it was newspaper reporters that uncovered the Christie – Jones – Port Authority conflict of interest! Blogs like this piece of shit would still be lost without actual reporting.

        1. 2-1 odds this guy works at the Inquirer or Daily News.

          Print is dead…DEAD!!

          Love when trolls hate the blog but contribute with page views and comments. You guys are keeping Kyles lights on. Well done.

          1. I’m here for the comments. Also, don’t work in media. Just hate to see Kyle does not appreciate people who actually investigate stories and write a comprehensive article; actual work.

      2. Yep, Really!

        You are complaining about the Inquirer linking to a story that is 10 hours old and contains no new information.

        Meanwhile, on December 12, 2014, you published a story about Orlando Scandrick playing Madden against a kid in a children’s hospital. But the story had already been published on Dallas News on December 9. And then on December 10, it was picked up by Deadspin, Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, and CBS Sports. It was also covered on December 11 by ESPN, SBnation and USA Today. I am just checking the first page of Google results. I’m sure there were hundreds of other sites that published in the 10th and 11th.

        And it was Kyle that published it. No blaming Jim for this one.

        You don’t even need to be involved in journalism to know about Marrimow. There’s a reason the doofus on Season 4 of The Wire had that name.

    1. I think the point was the fact that they ran with it as if they broke it when in fact they just read the article that Kyle posted here but gave them no credit for it…

      At least CB gives credit for their stories to their point of origin…

  6. I would argue that this means he won’t run. Putting your favorite team ahead of a campaign is obviously an idiot move that a serious candidate wouldn’t make. Geographically backwards cowboys fans are everywhere. And so are politicians who walk a less than straight ethical line. He’s the perfect storm, but not worth throwing a fit about.
    Otherwise, lets get down from the political pulpit and stick with the Radio Wars. That was fun.

  7. I want to see the desperate fat kid humping daddy’s leg again this weekend.

  8. Christie has been a joke since bridgegate but it has gotten progressively worse since then and I don’t see him recovering from it.

  9. HAHAHAHAHAHA, Sean Brace just admitted to playing an hour and a half of video games every day!

    1. Pump da breaks, homie. You don’t know how stressful it is working on da air. I needs to blow off steam when I get back to da crib.

  10. Our current president, little black sambo, watched our Embassy get attacked in real time as 4 guy died while screaming for back up. This didnt affect his campaign one bit……

    but this guy is a cowboys fan SO HANG HIM!

    this is why i root against the eagles and their fans.

    1. Hey, moron, did you know a Republican-chaired congressional committee issued a report on Benghazi that categorically debunked the bullshit Fox News narrative? No, obviously not.

      1. At like gas stations and stuff. If he sees a guy with an Eagles hat on filling up the car, he boos him and tells him he stinks and all that.

  11. What are people missing about why this is a problem? The reason elected officials need to avoid this nonsense is is not because it proves they are conspiring to do anything wrong. It’s to avoid the APPEARANCE of impropriety. In the awarding of the contract by the NYNJ Port Authority there now exists the appearance of impropriety by Christie, which, while not a crime, contributes to the erosion of trust. A first year law student would know enough to counsel Christie to avoid the gross spectacle in Jones’ suite. Now what this does to my perception of Christie is make me question his judgement, maturity and self control. Voters negative perceptions of those traits will do incalculable damage to a presidential candidate, if that’s what he ultimately wants.

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