We told you last weekend about the Giants and Jets working together to oppose the continued construction of a huge mall next door to MetLife Stadium.
Developers and politicians who favor the project have hit back, calling the lawsuit “an assault on the taxpayers of New Jersey.”
The $3.7 billion project, formerly known as Xanadu, would include retail as well as a number of entertainment venues, including a water park and an indoor snow park.
The Giants and Jets think finishing the project would complicate the way they do business in their shared stadium 20 times a year, but local officials lined up to criticize them for a narrow perspective.
Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan said the teams “have put Bergen County’s economic growth at risk.”
East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella said those who work at American Dream “are many of the same people who paid thousands of dollars to buy personal seat licenses for the Giants and Jets.”
“In suing the State of New Jersey and our company, the teams have revealed they want to exert monopolistic control over the entire complex,” said Alan Marcus a spokesman for Triple Five, the developer which wants to revive the project. “They want to tell us when and how we can operate our business. I am sure they would not want us to tell them when they can play their football games. Our year round entertainment development is perfectly compatible with their occasional use of their stadium.”
The Giants and Jets declined further comment, and that may be the best case scenario, while they wait for the legal wheels to turn.