NFL owner more interested in winning election than winning games
Woody Johnson owns the New York Jets and is New York chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign.
October 1st, 2012
08:11 PM ET

NFL owner more interested in winning election than winning games

His New York Jets are struggling on the field, but team owner Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson told Bloomberg News today that it's more important to him to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan get elected.

Johnson, chairman of Johnson Co. and a great-great-grandson of the founder of Johnson & Johnson, is the New York state chairman of the Romney-Ryan campaign.

His Jets are 2-2 this season, and fans are smarting after Sunday's 34-0 pounding at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. Nevertheless, Johnson has his priorities. When an interviewer on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers" asked him whether football or politics was more important, Johnson responded:

"Well, I think you always have to put country first. So I think it’s very, very important, not only for us but in particular for our kids and grandkids, that this election come off with Mitt Romney and Ryan as president and vice president.”

That might be the best news coach Rex Ryan and beleaguered quarterback Mark Sanchez will hear all week.

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  1. cd

    just another bad decision by a bad owner...

    October 2, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |

    convince me why & how you think Romney will save this country, because i still havn't hear him giving any plan eccept he says the other guy is bad for the country.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. CitizenJP

    I dont care who the jet's owner is rooting for. But what about the middle class fans who made the Jet's owner rich? If they are also rooting for Mr. Romney, then surely the middle class is headed for more suffering from the trickle-down economics.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. albie

    very few things people care less about than what guys like this think

    October 2, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • ed galbraith

      Agreed. For further proof, take a close look at Johnson's face...perfect casting for powerful and ignorant old man...I've seen it a thousand times.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • dnick47

      Another typical Republican who could care less about anyone or anything other then himself. Greed is their only concern and they know within their heart of hearts that Romney is greed personified.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • TruthandConsequence

      So, just imagine how far down the list your own views lie. He's the New York State Romney/Ryan Campaign Chairman and the owner of a well known professional sports team. Furthermore, it would appear he has his head screwed on tight, knows something about business and what it will take to create more business and more jobs. You really ought to listen.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fredric, Las Vegas

    Oh good the one poll that Mitt Romney wins : the owners of national sports teams.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Oilers1

    Wel he's used to backing a loser.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. jamesr1976

    Put your country first, seniors get it They will not be scared into making the wrong decision. It's all about the country to them, the one they will still sacrifice for. Go Jets!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • dnick47

      As a senior I do put my country first: voting for an apostate & aethist ticket is the worst thing we can do, voting for someone whoes hiding their money inj a foriegn country is the worst thing we can do, someone who is hiding their tax returns because 'they will be misunderstood (I think that's how Ann R. phrased it) is the worst thing we can do and following the faailed policies of Regeannomics is the worst thng we can do. Vote for America and against the Republican party. Jets for last place.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Yup. Outside the military you won't find many people who have the slightest notion of what "country first" means.

      Priority order for most people should be:

      God (unless you are in the few percent who believe in nothing)

      October 2, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • TruthandConsequence

      dnick – ever take a deduction? itemize your taxes? then you have cheated the taxman and robbed our treasury – but, it is all legal. if not, the irs would be on your case. Romney pays $2 million a year in taxes – far more money to pay for Obama programs than Obama pays. In fact, Obama is a net liability to the national treasury. He pays us $162 thousand in taxes, but we have to pay him a minimum of $400 thousand just in salary. That $238 thousand difference is paid by the likes of Romney.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Saydie

    Did any of you out there every wonder why all the CELEBRITIES stand behind obama?? They are millionaires. He hasn't taxed them enough and doesn't plan to. Wake up. You keep saying that Mitt will do this and Mitt will do this about taxation. If that were true, the CELEBRITIES would be backing him instead of obama. Stupid sheep!!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • doggg

      Do you really believe that celebrities only vote based on who's going to tax them?.............

      October 2, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • FlawedLogic

      "You keep saying that Mitt will do this and Mitt will do this about taxation. If that were true, the CELEBRITIES would be backing him instead of obama. Stupid sheep!!"

      You do realize that by calling everyone else sheep it negates your argument right? Because you are arguing that rich people follow en masse the one that taxes them least. But then you say that everyone else is stupid for following principals that you disagree with. So according to you, it is ok to sheepishly follow, as long as it aligns with your viewpoint...

      October 2, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. shannon g

    He needs to focus on his lousy team! Truly Mr Irrelevant!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. ELH

    His team sucks as does his choice for president. Oops–did I just intimate that Romney sucked? Well, he does, you know. But, what I meant to say was that Johnson sucked for choosing Romney.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. JimD

    He has the most embarrassing team in the NFL and he is rooting for a guy who will take away taxes for the rich so he can pay his debt on a team going nowhere.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. irunner

    I guess I won't be rooting for the Jets or using J&J products any more...

    October 2, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyDH

      I am sure he is bummed to lose your business.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. Obama Mama

    Rob you know what you can do with your broom?

    October 2, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. abmri60

    All paid and pushed for by the Koch brothers.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. JAM

    No wonder the Jets are having a terrible start, most of the players are disenfranchised by their franchise!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
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