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New Jersey Governor tells Nets “good riddance”

Apr 24, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie knows how to play the political game. It’s about knowing your constituents.

After 35 years in the state, the Nets are leaving New Jersey for Brooklyn, their last game in The Garden State was Monday night. Which they fittingly lost. While we’ve all known this exodus has been coming for a couple years, it doesn’t mean the people of New Jersey have come to like it or accept it graciously. So, Christie was playing to the crowd when he told the Associated Press:

“I’m not going to the Nets game (Monday night) and my message to the Nets is ‘goodbye.’ They want to leave here and go to Brooklyn? Good riddance…

“(The Prudential Center is) one of the most beautiful arenas in America they have a chance to play in, it’s in one of the country’s most vibrant cities, and they want to leave here and go to Brooklyn? Good riddance, see you later. I think there’ll be some other NBA team who may be looking to relocate and they might look at that arena and the fan base in the New Jersey and New York area and say, ‘This is an opportunity to increase our fan base and try something different.’ “

Good luck getting a team governor. I know Shaq says he is working on it, but you can ask Kobe Bryant about his work ethic. Getting a team into that building will not be simple — crowded market and who wants to move there and move into the shadow of the established Knicks and Nets. In the shadow of New York. Especially when you could go to a place like Seattle or Kansas City and be king. It’s a nice dream, but it’s not happening.

You still have the NHL’s Devils and Rutgers football. That will have to do for now.

  1. larrybrown43 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    So Newark is “one of the most vibrant cities” in the country? Christie is a loud mouth clown. Vibrant must be the new code word for high crime. To Christie, Camden is blissful. His catch phrase for drug and prostitution infested.

  2. abchome - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Sounds so soured…

  3. jkonigsb - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    Since when is Rutgers football relevant? The Devils have 3 cups in the past 20 years and have a H.O.F. goalie that has been the face of the organization forever.
    Rutgers lost the only thing they bad when Schiano saw that the league he never won was becoming a sinking ship and bailed for the Bucs.

  4. pasportyxlc - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    That blimp has an opinion on everything……. shut ur piehole gov. and worry about politics (Lord knows you have plenty of problems in that cesspool)……

    • gmsingh - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:52 AM

      Confucius say “Do no talk about basketball if you are shaped like one.”

  5. monetdali - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:53 AM

    …and I live in a VAN down by the RIVER!

  6. progress2011 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    I absolutely dread, the idea of flying into Newark !!! I have never seen anything resembling vibrant….

    Unless you consider, dreary skies, run-down housing, trailer parks and cow farms. Maybe the Friday night ” cow-tipping ” turns into a party.

    While I don’t know how successful the franchise will be in Brooklyn (N.Y. has a different set of issues), I just don’t see how they can do worse, than the Jersey scene.

    • drunkenjunk - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:06 AM

      this X1000, perfect description

  7. wayne1693 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    Regarding the last sentence, don’t the Giants and Jets also play in New Jersey?

  8. djstat - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    New Jersey: The arm pit of America

    • mj2sexay - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      Lol. The townships of Chatham, Mendham, Colts Neck, Moorsetown, Alpine, Warren, Chester and Watchung sure don’t look like an armpit to me. But let me guess you formulated your opinion based on those Sopranos re-runs you’ve been watching. MORON.

      • sasquash20 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:34 AM

        One of the richest states in the entire country. Also one of the most densely populated. Does NJ have some poor struggling cites? Yes, but it also has many towns/cities/communities that are thriving. I would put my town of Medford up against any place in the country. I also lived in the Haddon Twp/HaddonField area and I would be willing to bet that most of the people bad mouthing NJ would live there in a heart beat. The Jersey shore is one of the best places in the country to spend quality time(I’m not talking about the show Jersey Shore with a bunch of NYers in it). Cape May, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Ocean City, Long Port are all fabulous places to go.I haven’t spent much time in North Jersey so I can’t really speak of that, but I would put South Jersey up there with anywhere. Also please Jersey residents vote this fool out of office.

  9. thenmoveback - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    What happen when NY took a dump? NJ came floating about.

  10. tomtravis76 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    The franchise is moving no more than 15 miles(according to mapquest) from Prudential to Barclays…and while 15 miles in NY/NJ is not a breeze, the fans don’t have to fly off the handle thinking they are losing their team.

    Christie just lost a pro sports team for his state. The guy is a public figure, just go get the lapband and be done with it, before you have a massive heartattack while visiting some school leaving a group of 2nd graders scarred for life.

    • progress2011 - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:37 AM

      Absolutely hilarious….Thanks for the laugh !

  11. monetdali - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    **PICTURE TO CAPTION** “and I live in a VAN down by the RIVER”

  12. Gordon - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Wow, he’s fat!

  13. AlohaMrHand - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    he must think that since the word New is in the title of the city that it must be “vibrant”.

  14. baseballbarrister - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Couldn’t agree more with the governor. The Nets have basically treated NJ fans like trash since they decided to move to Brooklyn. Feel free to call him fat but he’s looking out for the people of New Jersey.

    On a different note, I’ve never understood why the Nets didn’t simply move to the Prudential Center with the Devils. Brooklyn might be great but can the region really support 4 arenas? (MSG, The Rock, Barclays, and Nassau)

  15. joewilliesshnoz - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    If they only could have put a Five Guy’s burger stand in his suite , then maybe . . .

  16. ahmiller21 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    What’s up with him slamming Shaq like that? What did he ever do to him??? Lol.

  17. dirtyjerseysports - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    I bet he would care if Dunkin Donuts moved to Brooklyn…

  18. rajbais - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    It’s okay Governor Christie!!!!

    You were too large for the seats anyways!!!

  19. nokoolaidcowboy - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Sheesh man! Have some respect for yourself and put down the donuts. You’re a public official, set an example!

  20. lakerluver - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    New city, same terrible franchise.

  21. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    He is just bitter that he won’t get anymore kickbacks from them.

  22. akismet-c63caa18851f08b5f88c3b2317e9ccf6 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Wait, good riddance to jobs leaving your state? I thought fat Republicans were supposed to be good at creating jobs.

    • sasquash20 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:37 AM

      They are good at creating jobs. Just minimum wage go nowhere in life jobs.

      • progress2011 - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:47 AM

        sasquash20…agreed !

        I believe it’s their philosophy to create hundreds of low wage jobs, which gives the appearance of progress to the working class, while padding their pockets by getting millions in ” campaign contribution funds ” .

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