New Jersey’s Tony Soprano-like governor is as much a stranger to ethics as he is to actually being in New Jersey. From his countless ethical lapses in the wake of Bridgegate to his turning the port authority into the “patronage authority,” Christie’s questionable ethics proves he’ll bully his way to a spot in the 2016 GOP clown car (or SUV in his case).
Cameras cutting to the owner’s box whenever the owner’s team makes a good play has become as obligatory in football games as Denis Leery aggressively telling you to buy trucks during game time commercials. But when it comes to the fragile and d*ckish ego of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the camera cutaways make it seem like he’s the dear leader of North Korea — even further, with the livelihoods of the modern-day gladiators playing for him depending on whether Jones’ countenance is positive. But even more obnoxious, however, are the constant shots of Gov. Chris Christie celebrating with Jones.
Before I get into why I believe Christie is a corrupt scumbag, here’s a brief summary on regional football fandom:
Despite governing a state in which the NY Giants play, and in which many nearby Philadelphia Eagles fans live, the brazen and blustery blob of a bully had the gall to show his bloated face at a very important divisional game between the Eagles and their bitter Cowboys rival. This, of course, sparked a twitter firestorm.
Now, onto the important matter of Christie potentially violating ethic rules:
Less than two years before Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones personally 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.’
It was the WSJ that first reported about the Jones business ties to the Port Authority. This followed a story IBT ran regarding the breach of ethics rules Christie made, since the gifts came after Christie delivered huge tax subsidies to the NFL. But even if Christie throws his own people under the bridge like they were old campaign signs, Christie officials said that the gifts were actually legal, under a separate executive order that aims to exempt gifts from “personal friends” of the governor. Notwithstanding all the rancor and potential legal issues, Christie recently said he is considering attending the next Cowboys game in Green Bay, Wisconsin. So if you’re from New Jersey, you’ll probably be chanting “Go Pack Go!” this coming weekend.