New Jersey politician wants to remind you he’s from New Jersey

It didn’t take long for the first inferiority complex to rear its head at the Super Bowl.

During his introductory press conference last night, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll referenced coming back to New York, where he worked for one year as Jets coach.

The next voice heard wasn’t a reporter.

“Coach, I just want to say something. I’m Rich Boggiano with the city council,” he said, via Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger. “You said you’re glad to be back in New York, I just want to remind you, you’re in New Jersey.”

Carroll jumped in at those point, apologizing with a “My bad.”

“Even when you’re at the Jets, you know we were the New York Jets but we were playing in New Jersey so that’s always been an issue,” Carroll said. “I understand. I appreciate it. Sorry it came out that way.”

Boggiano is a first year city councilman from Jersey City, went to the press conference to defend his home turf (and maybe, just possibly, to attract attention to himself, which he’s now done.)

“I didn’t want to embarass him,” he said of Carroll. “But, . . .”

So let that be a lesson to you all, Super Bowl attendees. Don’t forget to include New Jersey. They’re obviously sensitive there.

41 responses to “New Jersey politician wants to remind you he’s from New Jersey

  1. Why is it you never hear that it should be called the East Rutherford Giants or East Rutherford Jets? The NY on their helmets is in reference to the city/metropolitan area, not the state.

  2. NY politicians blew their chance seven years ago to have a NY Superbowl, but now want the recognition.

    It’s the owners fault that the NY name got associated with the Superbowl. Without coming off as whining, the truth is that there were two chances for NY to have their own Football Stadium- the Jets wanted West Side Stadium which would’ve had not only the Superbowl but the Winter Olympics, which the Dolans used their influence to shoot down. And then there was the possibility of a Stadium in Queens which the Mara/Tish families worked to shoot down.

    Things are what they are, but like usual, Woody Johnson bowed down to external pressures because he is a flake.

  3. Great now politicians want to show there stupidity when it comes to football….Why don’t they do what politicians do best, like close lanes on the GW bridge etc….Leave sports alone…

  4. Also it would probably be a good idea for NJ ‘politicians’ to keep a low profile. They aren’t exactly a symbol of greatness. Unless of course you want to redone your property. Then about $10,000 should cover it.

  5. The team names are the New YORK Giants and the New YORK Jets!!! Until they change their names to the New Joisey whatevers, please — shut the hell up!

  6. Blame the politicians and the sensitive people all you want but my freaking tax dollars had to go to pay for that damn stadium and the Super Bowl is in New Jersey.

  7. I’m sure if roles were reversed, all of the NY media would be having a heart attack over not being mentioned. NY is so full of itself and thinks its the center of the universe.

  8. I live in NJ myself, only place I have ever lived. Its the land of ultra-high property taxes and where just about everything costs more.

    Aside from that, NJ screwed up years ago with the Giants – Jets situation if they had wanted a NJ NFL team. If they had offered the Jets the initial Meadowlands stadium, we would have seen the New Jersey Jets playing there.

    No way the Giants would have ever changed their name and once the helmet deal expired they were quick to change their helmet logo from Giants to NY.

    The Jets however would have been happy to be the NJ Jets and playing within Jets Stadium.

  9. I wonder who the NFL will look to for help if it snows a foot or two the day before or the night before the super bowl? Hmmm?

  10. Jersey is alright. I live here because it’s cheaper to take a train to Manhatten then actually live in Manhatten. It’s just ..boring in a sense. Manhatten is the city that never sleeps, there’s always something to do. Thats why i work and play in NY, and have a house in Jersey.

  11. It seems like New Jerseyites have a wee bit of a chip on their shoulder and a massive inferiority complex when it comes to NY/ NJ, much in the same way Canadians have the same complex about the US. One of the most famous and popular Canadian songs was a Molson beer commercial about how they’re NOT American.

  12. I love the people that say “I have lived here all my life and Jersey sucks.”
    Who in their right mind would choose to live all their life in a place that “sucks”?
    Its like going to the same restaurant every friday and complains that the food sucks…lol

  13. I live at the Jersey shore, and I have to distinct points:

    – New Jersey has it’s bad spots, but it has some beautiful beaches, and where I am is exactly an hour away from NYC, Philly, and AC, and NJ sports some of the most beautiful farmland and vineyards you’ll see anywhere.

    – If you are anywhere in the world and you meet someone from North Jersey and ask them where they are from, I guarantee you they say “New York”. People from the areas around the Meadowlands consider themselves to be New York suburbanites, just like people that live right outside other major cities.

    So I have no issue with calling this a “New York” Super Bowl.

  14. Ok Councilman Boggiano, you get a cookie for your “correction”. Nobody really cares, as everyone knows, Northern New Jersey is the armpit of America; even the locals admit that…

  15. realitypolice says: Jan 27, 2014 11:32 AM

    I live at the Jersey shore, and I have to distinct points:

    – New Jersey has it’s bad spots, but it has some beautiful beaches, and where I am is exactly an hour away from NYC, Philly, and AC, and NJ sports some of the most beautiful farmland and vineyards you’ll see anywhere.

    – If you are anywhere in the world and you meet someone from North Jersey and ask them where they are from, I guarantee you they say “New York”. People from the areas around the Meadowlands consider themselves to be New York suburbanites, just like people that live right outside other major cities.

    So I have no issue with calling this a “New York” Super Bowl.

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    You are wrong about North Jersey and saying from New York. I live right outside Manhattan. I could probably walk to the city if there wasn’t a river in between and when someone asks me where I am from, I never think to say NY. I live in New Jersey and I live as close to NYC as you can pretty much get.

  16. I don’t see how they’re being “sensitive” or have a chip on their shoulder. The Super Bowl is being played in NJ, not NY. The NJ politician is trying to drum up publicity and recognition for his state, as is his job to do.

    Sure you can be cynical and say the politician is drumming up publicity for himself, but the fact remains that the event is happening in New Jersey, not New York.

  17. granadafan says:
    Jan 27, 2014 11:25 AM
    It seems like New Jerseyites have a wee bit of a chip on their shoulder and a massive inferiority complex when it comes to NY/ NJ, much in the same way Canadians have the same complex about the US. One of the most famous and popular Canadian songs was a Molson beer commercial about how they’re NOT American.
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    I have nothing against the USA, but please explain to me why we here would be envious of America.

    Seriously, I can’t think of one reason, not anymore.

  18. I’m not sure I understand the issue with NY vs. NJ. I live in Oakland County, about 90 miles north of Detroit. Oakland County is a very nice, affluent suburb. Detroit is nationally known for its troubles. But when anybody asks, I’m from Detroit.

  19. rcampore says:
    Jan 27, 2014 11:46 AM
    realitypolice says: Jan 27, 2014 11:32 AM

    I live at the Jersey shore, and I have to distinct points:

    – New Jersey has it’s bad spots, but it has some beautiful beaches, and where I am is exactly an hour away from NYC, Philly, and AC, and NJ sports some of the most beautiful farmland and vineyards you’ll see anywhere.

    – If you are anywhere in the world and you meet someone from North Jersey and ask them where they are from, I guarantee you they say “New York”. People from the areas around the Meadowlands consider themselves to be New York suburbanites, just like people that live right outside other major cities.

    So I have no issue with calling this a “New York” Super Bowl.

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    You are wrong about North Jersey and saying from New York. I live right outside Manhattan. I could probably walk to the city if there wasn’t a river in between and when someone asks me where I am from, I never think to say NY. I live in New Jersey and I live as close to NYC as you can pretty much get.

    I won’t doubt you. But I can tell you that I travel all over the world for work and I can’t count the number of times I’ve met someone who said they were from New York and when I asked which part they said “well, actually right outside the city” and then said Hoboken or Weehawken or whatnot. Whatever you tell people when they ask where you’re from, the areas around the Meadowlands are NYC suburbs, just as Mt. Laurel and Cherry Hill are suburbs of Philadelphia.

  20. Most of us NY’ers joke about the crappy parts of NJ (and their endless run of loser Governers) but for the most part it is one beautiful state.

  21. Behold the inferiority complex plus combative attitudes right before your eyes, here on this very blog.. well done gents. That’s Jersey.

  22. New york can keep the Giants. Give New Jersey the Jets. It sounds fitting. New Jersey Jets. The team colors are green like the garden state and their players are garbage like the sewage the state is known for.

  23. If all New Jersey Giant and Jet fans kept their money in their pocket you would see both of these franchises on the move. they couldn’t survive with out the Jersey money.

  24. ……but the fact remains that the event is happening in New Jersey, not New York.

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    Believe me, no one outside of New Jersey gives a crap. To the rest of the USA, the Super Bowl is happening in New York. The Councilman is a buffoon who should go back to counting bribes in the backroom, in true Jersey tradition.

  25. For all of the years that the Lions played at the Silverdome, I don’t remember any of the locals demanding that “Pontiac”, be included in the teams’ identity. Same with the Cowboys. Did they ever actually play IN Dallas?

    But, New Jersey footed the bill for the stadium in its swamps, that New York City only “talked about” building on the West Side of Manhattan. So yeah, I guess they have some rights to feel slighted by all of the references to the Big Apple.

  26. Funny. I’ll bet there are literally millions of people who live in places like North Bergen and Hoboken and Jersey City who, when asked where they’re from, say New York.

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