By Doug Halberstadt
It’s a common belief that politics makes strange bedfellows. It’s no secret I’m a sports fanatic. It’s probably not a well-known fact that I’m also a bit of a political junkie. Usually, the two topics don’t cross paths that often. Thanks to New Jersey governor and possible presidential candidate Chris Christie and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the two subjects have been thrust into the spotlight recently.
The television networks have shown the two watching the Cowboys’ games together over the last several weeks of the regular NFL season, and then again during the Cowboys’ win over the Detroit Lions in the Wild Card game. They’ve been seen high-fiving and even hugging one another after a Cowboys’ win. I’m not suggesting there is anything wrong with this, I’m just intrigued by their relationship.
How does the governor of a state where the football fans are usually aligned with the New York Giants, New York Jets or even the Philadelphia Eagles get so chummy with the owner of a division rival? Christie has publicly proclaimed he is a “lifelong fan” of Dallas. I’m not sure whether his constituents accept that, or if it really matters to them.
I’m guessing Christie not only likes the football team, he’s probably also a big fan of Jones’ deep pockets. Running political campaigns is extremely expensive. It’s got to be an advantage to any candidate running for a statewide or even a national office to have a friend with a bank account as large as Jones’.
The next logical question is, “What’s in it for Jones?” I have no clue if he has any business interests in the Garden State, but it wouldn’t come as a shock if he did. If not in Jersey, is Jones looking to the future and hoping to have a close pal in D.C.? I’m not saying there’s anything rotten in Denmark, but something does seem a little fishy in Dallas and Trenton.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the Jan. 7-13, 2015, issue