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Woody Johnson open to “looking at” run for public office


Yesterday’s one-liners included a story about Jets owner Woody Johnson’s leading role raising funds in the tri-state area for Mitt Romney’s Presdential bid.  The two men speak five times a week.

We just read the interesting piece by Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger, and noticed this interesting nugget buried within: It sounds like Johnson has political aspirations of his own.

“I’m open to looking at it, but I haven’t set my sights on any specific avenue yet,” Johnson said.

Johnson is getting experience in the political arena, spending half of his working time some weeks helping out Romney.  He’s also tight with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  Mike Duhaime, chief strategist for Christie’s campaign, says Johnson could aim high.

“People openly wonder if he’ll run someday and would support him if he did,” DuHaime said. “Because of his high profile and because he’s so well-known, some think he could immediately run for U.S. Senate.”

The transition to politics should be seamless: Johnson is used to broken campaign promises.

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32 Responses to “Woody Johnson open to “looking at” run for public office”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jul 12, 2011 6:39 PM

    There would be a lot of family dirty laundry to come out if he ran.

  2. JAM says: Jul 12, 2011 6:45 PM

    Tons of money; CHECK
    Great name; CHECK
    Experience guiding a bunch of idiots; CHECK

    No need to vote; He’s a shoe in.

  3. tfbuckfutter says: Jul 12, 2011 6:49 PM

    So the governor of Massachussetts is close to the owner of the New York Jets?

    Typical politician. No loyalty.

  4. j0esixpack says: Jul 12, 2011 6:50 PM

    If Goodell takes over as the head of the Federal Election Commission I can definitely see this happening.

    It’d be good to see him win and use the FCC to clean up the media who seem to revel in the gratuitous use of words like “Johnson” and “Woody”

  5. ohkhan says: Jul 12, 2011 6:55 PM

    He should be supporting Ron Paul

  6. apdynasty23 says: Jul 12, 2011 6:59 PM

    Two first names and both mean pen!s?

  7. pftstory says: Jul 12, 2011 7:04 PM

    Really you can only be close to people in your own state?

    The curious thing here is the difference in Christie and Romney and he supports both.

    And of course people will support him. But like Trump, would enough?

  8. realfootballfan says: Jul 12, 2011 7:21 PM

    I suppose with the troublemaker daughter dead now, he feels that he’d have the “God and guns” vote within reach.

  9. jimmysee says: Jul 12, 2011 7:30 PM

    Spare us, Woody.

    It’s no fun, believe me.

    And, really, watching you run against Chuck Schumer would be like watching lambs go to slaughter (you’re the lamb).

  10. glen1904 says: Jul 12, 2011 7:32 PM

    A Woody would fit right in with all the other Dick’s in congress!

  11. kevinfromphilly says: Jul 12, 2011 7:42 PM

    “He’s also tight with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.”

    Not as tight as Chris Christies suit.

  12. nyjalleffingday says: Jul 12, 2011 7:46 PM

    Sorry Woody, I may be a Jets fan but screw the GOP

  13. semperfi24 says: Jul 12, 2011 7:52 PM

    Any chance Woody Johnson will team up with Dick Sweat and make a run at the White House?

  14. rek111 says: Jul 12, 2011 8:09 PM

    Nobody will vote for this lucky spermer:

    serious family issues
    The seat license saga

  15. thefiesty1 says: Jul 12, 2011 8:25 PM

    That’s just what we need, another old codger with no clue in the senate or congress for the next 30-40 years.

  16. dempsey63 says: Jul 12, 2011 8:25 PM

    He could send Bill Belichick overseas as ambassador to Croatia.

  17. JSpicoli says: Jul 12, 2011 8:43 PM

    He should run for President with Dick Pole as his VP.

  18. xsorethumbx says: Jul 12, 2011 8:45 PM

    At least he is used to losing so it wont come as a surprise to him

    a lot can be determined by the fact that The other NFL owners dont even let him near the mediations

  19. crunchyclam says: Jul 12, 2011 9:07 PM

    xsorethumbx says:
    Jul 12, 2011 8:45 PM

    a lot can be determined by the fact that The other NFL owners dont even let him near the mediations

    Or it could be he cares less about a new CBA than the inept owners who own bad teams ala Jerry Richardson. What incentive does Woody Johnson (and Jerry Jones, Rooney, etc.) have to make him want to ‘level the playing field’ with the crap owners who run their teams poorly? If anything he would want a softer and higher salary cap so that the Jets can make a few more signings for their Super Bowl run.

    Think before you post.

  20. stealthscorpio says: Jul 12, 2011 9:31 PM

    Maybe he could take over Weiner’s old slot

  21. rcali says: Jul 12, 2011 9:39 PM

    Are we not suppose to be electing people we believe will be creating jobs instead of getting rid of jobs or giving people non-paid vacations like he’s doing with the Jets staff?

  22. borisbulldog says: Jul 12, 2011 9:46 PM

    He can barely run his own family-see daughters sucide, or the Jets-see over paying for talent.

    What makes him think he can run a political office?

  23. hoodiehollywood says: Jul 12, 2011 10:35 PM

    @rcali – I’m not sure what history texts you’re reading, but the government absolutely is NOT supposed to be creating jobs. If anything, it gets in the way of creating jobs. I know this is a fun little website and all, but damn man, turn it off and go read our Constitution.

  24. polishkingski says: Jul 12, 2011 11:45 PM

    as a famous bard from new jersey once said, “poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king”. seriously, dem or repub, i don`t want some rich guy that has no idea what it means to struggle, representing me and the others that have to break our balls to make a living. just go away woody.

  25. Canyonero says: Jul 12, 2011 11:49 PM

    The vast majority of Congressmen(-women) are millionaires. And if they’re not when elected, they are after a few years.

    It sucks, that’s the system, but it’s no surprise a Woody Johnson wants to go play in a new sandbox.

    Vote ’em ALL out.

  26. bensstinkyfingers says: Jul 13, 2011 1:27 AM

    He needs to make a run as worlds oldest porn star, no need to change the name. Rex will take care of the fetish videos, Bring Jen Sterger in the shower room. It could be an empire.

  27. godofwine330 says: Jul 13, 2011 7:55 AM

    I never will understand why these people spend millions to work a couple hundred dollar public office job. Doesn’t that sound just a little suspicious…

  28. danimalk82 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:19 AM

    “borisbulldog says: Jul 12, 2011 9:46 PM

    He can barely run his own family-see daughters sucide, or the Jets-see over paying for talent.

    What makes him think he can run a political office?”

    There are a couple things wrong with this post…

    1. The suicide blast was pretty low.

    2. Since when does “ability to run things” factor in to getting voted into office? It’s more of “I have X number of people in my pocket” or “I can gain public acceptance by this maneuver here and that maneuver there”

  29. ampats says: Jul 13, 2011 8:24 AM

    If this happens, it will be time to start looking for property in the Bahamas.

    Will he take off his baseball cap/beanie while campaigning ?

  30. krow101 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:46 AM

    Hope he chokes… Rightwing dirtbag.

  31. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jul 13, 2011 8:56 AM

    by the time woody could decide what to run for, the photos with christie will be a liability rather than an asset. christie has predicated his political career on getting out of new jersey prior to having to actually run the state or accomplish something meaningful.

    christie has scapegoated teachers and public workers, with the goal of building a national image.

    while making plenty of theatrical cosmetic changes, the only meaningful change he has made was to pay for years of the state’s failure to fund its pensions obligation by the elimination of cost of living increases for retirees.

    this will save a great deal of money. it is regressive in nature, and over time will take retirees currently barely making ends meet into poverty.

    since most of the middle class have a relative, friend or are ourselves in this group, christie’s prospects dim faster than the BEST BY date on his bag of doughnuts.

    and should he run for national office, take a clue how he proposes to solve social security….on the backs of me and you…

    but the political consultant will be glad to take any money woody might want to spend exploring the options. why stop at senator?

  32. j0esixpack says: Jul 13, 2011 9:16 AM

    godofwine330 says: I never will understand why these people spend millions to work a couple hundred dollar public office job. Doesn’t that sound just a little suspicious…


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