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. Morgan Hill

    Yes, millionaires should pay more taxes because they became millionaires with the help of the working people, or the people that made or bought their product. Money doesn't grow on trees. Somebody made it. Millionaires also become rich from the money taken from workers. Look at Walmart, they take and take from workers and they pay very low wages. Look at heartless romney, he has taken workers pensions when he takes over companies. He raids their pensions, dumps all their jobs, and moves the companies to China. Yup, millionaires should pay more than the middle or lower class.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. michael steinberg

    Actually, he doesn't want Mark Sanchez protected by the "Dream Act."

    October 2, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Boo

    The Jets suck....what does that telll you?

    October 2, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bee

    Another nit-wit that became "successful" after being given millions upon millions of dollars from pappy's and grand pappy's in order to build his fortune....He's going to be on the losing team twice this year.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      Yep, another nit-wit that did not need help coming up....I will ride on the Daddy, Granddaddy ticket.....Glad to know the owner of Johnson & Johnson is a Romney fan.....Another product that will not be in my home again....

      October 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmie

      I'm with you on that one.

      October 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chief

      Have any of you even thought that maybe Obama is TRYING to turn the US into Greece by spending us into oblivion? Are you being hoodwinked? Why did Obama continue to give Wall Street trillions and trillions? Why did he stay in the wars so long? Both of these are counterintuitive to who we thought he was when he first took office. The common denominator is they are really, really expensive, and will lead us closer to bankruptcy. At the end of the day, I do not think Romney is trying to hurt our country, but are you 100% you can say that about Obama?

      October 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chief

      How did we elect a man who never did anything of any consequence to the White House? Smooth talking? White guilt? Insanity!!

      October 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. alpg49

    Another reason to hate the Jets. Go Patriots!

    October 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bud

    Haaaaa this is funny as most of the people who pay to see the games are for Obama...So there you go worknig man its the guy with the buck who supports Mitt...Was pulling for the Jets not now

    October 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. amlowlife

    John Elway came out for Romney yesterday, too. Then again, he came out for Bush I, Bush II and McCain so it shouldn't be so surprising...

    October 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jandre

      Why is this news? Generally speaking, anyone who has money and want's to keep it, either for himself (low cap gains taxes) or his own children (low inheritance taxes) will be for Romney. Make sure the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Isn't that what capitalism is all about?

      October 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. michael steinberg

    Johnson is the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Johnson Company, Inc., a private investment firm founded in 1978. In August 2006, Johnson was asked to testify before a Senate panel about his participation in a sham tax shelter. A Senate report said that Johnson, along with a few others, were able to buy, for relatively small fees, roughly $2 billion in capital losses that they used to erase taxable gains they garnered from stock sales. The U.S. Treasury lost an estimated $300 million in revenue as a result. In a statement, Johnson said he had been advised by his lawyers in 2000 that the transaction "was consistent with the Tax Code." But after the Internal Revenue Service challenged that view in 2003, Johnson this year "settled with the IRS and agreed to pay 100 percent of the tax due plus interest." Wikipedia

    October 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryansco

      Why did you use wikipedia as a source? In the acadmia world using wikipedia as a source is frowned upon!

      October 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pops

    Come on man, poor football team, poor decision maker. Seem only the rich want Romney, got to wonder why? Question, why is it that Ryan is doing all the taking, thought he was the VP?

    October 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • wcb2009

      Not just the rich.. There are many poor supporters that are more focused on their socio conservative beliefs. Like racism, gun ownership, anti-immigration, abortion, etc. These people tend to be uneducated and do not comprehend how republican economic policies are going to hurt them. So they focus on what they do understand.

      October 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hangtownie

    Heck if I was a zillionaire, I would be voting for Mitt to. But I'm not.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jay Rehak

    Another billionaire for Mitt. Why is this news?

    October 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. davecu

    That's why he's an owner, not a coach.

    He has people to worry over the Jets skid mark for him.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |

    Typical rich guy that needs tax breaks.. This owner is just as bad of loser as Romney. He needs to manage the JETS as his team of managers are failures. Hunger Games is exacty like our future with the Republicans being the rich and the wards are the once middle class people. Rather see 2016 the R's should be telling people to watch the Hunger Games film.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bryansco

    Come on CNN! I am not for Romeny, but you are clearly biased towards Obama! Another way to bash Romney and those who support him, but you barely mention anything negative towards Obama. If you do, it is on the weekend edition early in the morning or late at night when hardly anyone is paying attention! Pathetic!

    October 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chief

      I seriously doubt you have even read a negative article about Obama on CNN. Remember Hanoi Jane was Turner's woman. So, all the commies are for each other. Notice how you can not write comments on their biased political opinion pieces, so no one can refute their political propoganda when they skew the actual "facts."

      October 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chief

      Man, all that inbreeding really screwed up my genetics for life, and because of that I am now as familiar with "the facts" as I am with deep space exploration or string theory.

      However, that being said, I will continue to tell you that my billionaire protectors serve ME even though their speeches are all about them, and their money.... and big problems that come with having all that money...

      That's alright though, someday my inbreeding will turn into a profitable business and I will make BILLIONS and join my over lords in the light with the other 1%. Right after I'm done figuring out how this internet demon works...

      October 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Florence

    Good for him – at least he has his priorities straight and is more concerned with the direction of this country and our children's future than a season that is over in a few months. I think that is what this article is getting at...

    October 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
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