Of course we all know that the New York Giants and New York Jets play in New Jersey. Most consider them New York teams despite that fact. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, however, takes issue with the names of the teams. In a recent interview with NFL Network’s Melissa Stark, Christie expressed his displeasure with this situation:
“Yeah, well, because they practice in New Jersey, they play in New Jersey; most of their players live in New Jersey,” Christie said. “There’s nothing left from New York about the Giants or the Jets, except for the name. It’s kinda odd that they’re called what they’re called. But, you know as long as everyone understands that they are New Jersey’s teams and that the Super Bowl this year is in New Jersey, not New York, then I’m fine.”
The Jets and Giants use to play in New York, and have much of their history in the state, but obviously that doesn’t make the opinionated governor feel any better. The teams play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
Many from around the country buy into the assumption that New Jersey is simply an extension of New York, but Christie doesn’t want to hear any of that nonsense. You can’t really blame the guy; he is the Governor of New Jersey and just looking out for his state after all.