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Christie: N.J. could host another Super Bowl

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Governor Chris Christie joins Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on WFAN sports radio for the Memorial Day opening of the Belmar Beaches in Belmar, N.J. on Friday, May 23, 2014.
Governor Chris Christie joins Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on WFAN sports radio for the Memorial Day opening of the Belmar Beaches in Belmar, N.J. on Friday, May 23, 2014. - ()

During a guest spot Friday morning on WFAN 660-AM's “Boomer and Carton” sports talk radio program, Gov. Chris Christie said he believed New Jersey could once again play host to the Super Bowl in the future.

In February, the game was held for the first time ever in the state at MetLife Stadium, the home of the Giants and Jets.

Referencing the National Football League’s recent announcement this week that Minneapolis will host Super Bowl LII in 2018, Christie said he believes the Meadowlands has much more to offer.

“No offense to Minneapolis,” Christie said. “I’ve been there, it’s a nice town, but it’s not New York and New Jersey.”

Christie added that he felt February’s game was enough of a hit with fans and owners around the league to warrant an encore in East Rutherford.

“(With) the attractions that are here and things that are here, I think the fans really liked it and I think the owners liked it,” Christie said. “So, I think there’s a chance to do it again.”

Despite tax rebates given to the NFL and questions regarding the actual net economic benefit that New Jersey received for hosting the game, Christie said Friday that be believed the game was “great for the state” and its business community, particularly those in the hospitality industry.

“I’m confident that if you talk to businesspeople in this state, it was awesome for them,” Christie said. “The hotels, the bars, the restaurants.”

As for the criticism that New York City was cast into the spotlight for a game that was actually played in New Jersey, Christie said he wasn’t surprised by it but noted that both contributed and shared a role in hosting.

“When you share something with New York City, New York City is always going to get more attention than we are,” Christie said. “It’s just the way it goes. But we couldn’t have put it on by ourselves either.”

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Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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