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Christie's Cowboys Support Rankles Some New Jersey Residents
From the Wall Street Journal of Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:03:18 EST
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, left, talks with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie before an NFL game between the Cowboys and the New York Giants on Nov. 23  in East Rutherford, N.J. Mr. Christie sat with Mr. Jones in the Cowboys box during a game Sunday night between the Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, left, talks with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie before an NFL game between the Cowboys and the New York Giants on Nov. 23 in East Rutherford, N.J. Mr. Christie sat with Mr. Jones in the Cowboys box during a game Sunday night between the Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. Kathy Willens/Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie usually has a loyal ally in Matt Rooney, a prominent conservative blogger who often defends the Republican governor from attacks.

But after seeing Mr. Christie high-five Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Sunday night and celebrate the Cowboys’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles, he joked that he might have to reconsider his support.

The governor’s appearance with Mr. Jones, he said, reminded him of when Mr. Christie embraced President Barack Obama after superstorm Sandy in 2012 along the Jersey Shore—a move that still rankles him.

“If there’s one thing I can’t stand more than a Clinton, it’s a Cowboys fan,” Mr. Rooney said. “It just broke my heart to see him in the Cowboys box.”

Mr. Christie took a deeply unpopular position in New Jersey Sunday night. He pulled for the Cowboys, who are NFC East division rivals with two teams with New Jersey fan bases: the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. The state isn't exactly known as a hotbed for Cowboys fans.

“I only know three of us,” said Jim Bailey, an emergency-medical services worker in Avalon and Cowboys fan who watched the game alone.

Mr. Bailey said he didn’t know Mr. Christie was a fan and was surprised to see him in the box.

John Schwartz, Mr. Bailey’s friend and a fellow Cowboys fan, said he watched the game at a South Jersey bar packed with Eagles fans.

Even after their team’s win, both men said they were keeping quiet Monday in a state overwhelmed by Eagles fans. “It can backfire,” Mr. Bailey said, of gloating about football.

Mr. Christie didn’t seem scared, even as he was heckled by fans Sunday night, called offensive names by a Philadelphia city councilman and joked about on social media.

The governor dialed into a South Jersey radio show to explain his lifelong love for the Cowboys and bask in the victory. Mr. Christie said he became a fan as a young child watching quarterback Roger Staubach. His office pushed out a lengthy news release—complete with video—explaining Mr. Christie’s sports loyalties. A spokesman even included a clip of Mr. Christie being booed by small children after explaining his love for the Cowboys.

“I’m a passionate sports fan, so I can’t say I was the least bit surprised by the reaction of some Eagles fans,” Mr. Christie said to radio host Harry Hurley. “I’ll continue to have a good time rooting for the Cowboys. I’m not going to be one of those politicians who changes their sport team loyalties to score political points.”

What bothered many of the Eagles fans, they said, wasn’t that Mr. Christie liked the Cowboys. It was that he liked them with such intensity and by Mr. Jones’s side.

“The high-five just really irritated people,” said Brigid Harrison, a political scientist at Montclair State University and Eagles fan.

Mike Donohue, chairman of the Cape May County Republican Party, said his phone was buzzing Sunday with text messages from angry fellow Eagles fans.

“They said what’s he doing with Jerry Jones, but in saltier language,” Mr. Donohue said. “When you’re losing to the Cowboys, you want to break something. And then you see the governor with Jerry Jones. It kind of pushes you over the edge.”

Mr. Rooney, the conservative blogger, said: “It’s one thing to know he’s a fan, but it’s another thing to see him and Jerry Jones all over each other.”

Some speculated on how the move might effect Mr. Christie if he decides to run for president in 2016. The governor has previously said he would make a decision in early 2015.

“I guess there are more electoral votes in Texas,” said Mr. Donohue, with a laugh.



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