Chris Christie defends Cowboys fandom, will again join Jerry Jones in owner’s box
Governor Chris Christie was viciously savaged by his New Jersey constituents, among others, for having the audacity to watch the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday night with Jerry Jones.
Christie was shown during NBC’s broadcast of “Sunday Night Football” fraternizing with Jones and watching the game from the Cowboys owner’s luxury box at Lincoln Financial Field.
Christie said Thursday that Eagles fans in the Linc let him have it upon seeing him sitting with Jones as the Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-27.
“I will tell you, there were some fans sitting below Jerry’s box that were yelling fairly unspeakable things at me,” Christie revealed during an interview on Philly’s Sportsradio 94WIP, via NJ.com.”But you know, that’s part of the game.”
Christie maintains he’s a longtime Cowboys fan and won’t apologize for backing his favorite NFL team.
“I’m another fan,” Christie said. “I was a Cowboys fan before I was the Governor of New Jersey, and I’ll be a Cowboys fan long after I’m the Governor of New Jersey.”
Despite the hostile response, particularly by Eagles fans, for how it was perceived that Christie was nothing better than a turncoat for siding with the Cowboys, the governor understands how his NFL allegiances could upset some in South Jersey, many of whom are fans of the Eagles, especially after Christie was seen high-fiving Jerry Jones, a hated figure in the region.
“If they want to take some anger out at me, I have no problem with it at all,” Christie said of Eagles fans, via CBS Philly. “They’re passionate, wild fans and they wanna get angry with me, that’s OK. But the one thing they can’t say, is that I don’t tell them the truth. And the truth is, I’m a Cowboys fan. I’ve said it since I’ve ran for Governor in ’09, never hid it from anybody, and so, I don’t understand why they’re angry about me being happy about my team winning?”
But that does not mean Christie is going to change. In fact, he confirmed he will be attending the Cowboys game this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts at AT&T Stadium. And he’ll be rooting for the home team, again with Jones at his side.
“I don’t care how it played, it’s who I am,” Christie said about last week. Expect it to play exactly the same this weekend as well, despite the governor’s explanations.