New Jersey governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie is a rabid Dallas Cowboys fan. A little odd considering the Jersey native could throw his allegiance to a few local NFL teams that would be strategically more beneficial in the political playing field. Oh, well. At least he’s honest.
So, Christie accepted a paid invitation from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to attend their playoff game last week in the owner’s suite, a 24-20 victory over the Lions in Arlington, Texas.
Not really a big deal until it was revealed that Jones has some political ties to New Jersey.
A Wall Street Journal story published Tuesday revealed the Cowboys are part owners of Legends Hospitality, the operator of the soon-to-open observatory at 1 World Trade Center. The new skyscraper is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo jointly control. Christie’s office says the gifts are permitted under an executive order that allows governors to accept gifts from relatives or personal friends that are paid for with personal funds. But Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski, co-chairman of the joint legislative committee that led an investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal, said the contract looks very suspicious. He said he and co-chairwoman Loretta Weinberg had discussed the issue and were considering whether the committee wants to look into this with our official authority.