Chris Christie Is Just A Regular Guy, Hanging Out In The Dallas Cowboys' Owner's Box
Credit: CBS Sports
January 6, 2015

See how that works with bully boy Christie? He simply "asserts" that what he's doing is legal, and that's that! Fortunately for the public, we have a bulldog reporter like David Sirota on his case:

Less than two years before Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones 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."The Wall Street Journal first reported the news that Jones has business with the Port Authority. That story followed an International Business Times report about how Christie’s acceptance of gifts from Jones may conflict with New Jersey ethics rules because the gifts followed Christie’s administration delivering big tax subsidies to the NFL.

After IBTimes’ report, Christie officials acknowledged that Jones paid for Christie’s travel and tickets to recent Cowboys games. They assert that the gifts are legal under a separate executive order that aims to exempt gifts from “personal friends” of the governor. Christie on Monday said he is considering attending the next Cowboys game in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Oh, that works. Declare yourself a personal friend of the people with whom you're doing business, and then exempt them from ethics rules. I have to wonder where that federal grand jury is on this.


The same year Christie signed his executive order, he cracked down on lawmakers getting special access to tickets for events at the Meadowlands. In June 2010, he ordered the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which is the landlord for MetLife Stadium, to turn over all of its tickets to the box office, citing a section of the state’s ethics code that makes it clear “no state officer or employee should use or attempt to use his/her official position to secure unwarranted privileges or advantages for him/herself or others.”

At the time, Christie’s spokesman Michael Drewniak said the authority’s policy of allowing politicians to purchase tickets not available to the general public “set a bad example.”

“It led people to believe that the playing field for tickets was not level. Times have changed, and it was time to end this practice,” Drewniak said.

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