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Politicians complain about New Jersey getting short shrift

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As if New Jersey politicians weren’t already struggling with their image in recent weeks, some of them have opted to whine publicly about the notion that the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl is more about New York and less about New Jersey.

A group of elected officials have held a press conference to decry ticket and program designs that emphasize New York, and to pre-emptively chastise players and broadcasters who would refer to the upcoming NFL title game as a “New York Super Bowl.”

“Apparently, the NFL needs a geography lesson,” Sen. Robert Menendez, (D-NJ) said, via the Associated Press.

Apparently, the NFL does need a geography lesson.  For decades, the Giants and Jets have been playing home games in New Jersey.  But both teams still go by the “New York” name.

Really, what did the New Jersey politicians expect?  The NFL teams that play there are New York teams.  Thus, a Super Bowl played there primarily will be a New York Super Bowl.  Especially since most of the pre-game activities will occur in New York.

Let’s be realistic.  New Jersey wouldn’t be hosting a pair of NFL teams and in turn the Super Bowl without New York.  New Jersey has a piece of the action only because there hasn’t been a viable place in New York to build a modern NFL stadium.

Still, the powers-that-be in New Jersey can have the last laugh.  Come Super Sunday, it could be “time for some traffic problems” between Manhattan and MetLife Stadium.

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21 Responses to “Politicians complain about New Jersey getting short shrift”
  1. thejrod2006 says: Jan 25, 2014 9:54 PM

    New Jersey > New York

  2. buhbay1c says: Jan 25, 2014 10:00 PM

    That’s odd. I mean the state and it’s people have been represented so well on TV by “The Sopranos”, “Jersey Shore”, and “Real Housewives of NJ”

  3. sddartman says: Jan 25, 2014 10:01 PM

    Really, have these idiots never heard of The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? How embarrassing for them. More proof that politicians will say ANYTHING to get re-elected.

  4. jakec4 says: Jan 25, 2014 10:01 PM

    Here’s hoping for the pride of New Jersey, Snooki and Pauly D, doing a rendition of the national anthem.

  5. mackcarrington says: Jan 25, 2014 10:10 PM

    Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen are from Jersey, so at least you have that going for you.

  6. lks311 says: Jan 25, 2014 10:15 PM

    If New York City wasn’t within earshot of the stadium, there would be no Super Bowl in MetLife. So…yeah, it’s the New York Super Bowl.

    That and the little matter of the two teams that play there not being named after the state they play in…that little thing, too.

  7. booyou292 says: Jan 25, 2014 10:15 PM

    Yeah but the taxpayers money helped build that stadium…hence why NJ folks would be annoyed the teams wear NY on their helmets.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 25, 2014 10:15 PM

    If Jersey is getting the short shrift, why do you see all those people wearing “I (Heart) New Jersey” T shirts?

  9. packerbackernj says: Jan 25, 2014 10:18 PM

    jakec4 says:
    Jan 25, 2014 10:01 PM
    Here’s hoping for the pride of New Jersey, Snooki and Pauly D, doing a rendition of the national anthem.

    ——–

    Neither are from New Jersey. Jersey Shore is a area of Jersey, not a people. Nice try though. The whole cast, except 1, were not even from Jersey.

  10. wwwmattcom says: Jan 25, 2014 10:18 PM

    Chris Christie is going to close bridges and tunnels to keep tourism in NJ.

  11. bishopslappytruelove says: Jan 25, 2014 10:20 PM

    Don’t worry, Comrade de Blasio will quickly run off his tax base and turn New Yoik City into a wasteland worse than Detroit. Joisey and other states will benefit from the evacuation. Few realize that 1% of taxpayers in NYC already foot 50% of the tax bill.

  12. packerbackernj says: Jan 25, 2014 10:20 PM

    booyou292 says:
    Jan 25, 2014 10:15 PM
    Yeah but the taxpayers money helped build that stadium…hence why NJ folks would be annoyed the teams wear NY on their helmets.
    ——

    I can assure you no one cares if there is a NY on their helmet. The southern half of the state, near philly, are eagles fans. It’s just politician talk. Like birds chirping, it should be ignored.

  13. torturedraiderfan says: Jan 25, 2014 10:21 PM

    Let’s be realistic. New Jersey wouldn’t be hosting a pair of NFL teams and in turn the Super Bowl without New York. New Jersey has a piece of the action only because there hasn’t been a viable place in New York to build a modern NFL stadium.
    ______________________________
    That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. The Giants have been playing in NJ since 1973. The Jets have been playing in NJ since 1983. They are currently the 4th and 6th most valuable franchises in the NFL. They rank 2nd and 5th in attendance. So why do they need NY?

  14. greymares says: Jan 25, 2014 10:25 PM

    If the New Jersey fan base of the 2 N.F.L. franchises with New York names stopped going and contributing the teams would move faster than the L.A. franchises did.

  15. gadgetdawg says: Jan 25, 2014 10:35 PM

    Buffalo fans have been saying for years that there was only one NY NFL team. I find it really hard to argue with them. They at least play the majority of their games in the state they claim . . .

  16. bnwpnw says: Jan 25, 2014 10:51 PM

    The fact that New Jersey barely seems to exist in the planning is supported by the fact that if one happens to be staying in NJ, you pretty much have to go to NY for any viable transit options… back to a stadium in NJ.

  17. yourmathprof says: Jan 26, 2014 8:22 AM

    NYC and Philly consider New Jersey to be a giant shared suburb. The Garden State folks love the benefits that result from said status, until it doesn’t benefit them in ways they like. It’s classic cake-eating behavior. Would you Jersey folks like some cheese with that whine?

  18. kabasaman says: Jan 26, 2014 9:04 AM

    Maybe Christie can shut down a few roads on Super Sunday…….

  19. sportsriffblog says: Jan 26, 2014 9:16 AM

    Sounds like he also forgot how much money is actually being pumped into the NJ economy. When a city hosts the super bowl everybody benefits from the bars/restaurants downtown to the hotels in the suburbs that jack up their prices.

  20. djshnooks says: Jan 26, 2014 4:00 PM

    Yes, Gadget…’tis true!

    The Buffalo Bills are the ONLY NFL team who have a stadium in the state of NY…they ARE “New York’s team.”

    As for the Snooki and Pauly D comment, it does not matter where they are from in New Jersey…it is all the same…and they are synonymous with New Jersey. Just like the Soprano’s…those are Jersey folk.

  21. richrudelspeaks says: Jan 27, 2014 5:53 PM

    Paulie D from NY. Snookie from NY .

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