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. Ryan

    (Betting against the Jets for the rest of their schedule)

    October 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fred

    i should to like the jets. now i;m permanently a GIANTS Fun. Don;t like romney.... zand what he and the jets owner stand for.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fred

    i used to like the jets. now i;m permanently a GIANTS fan. Don;t like romney.... and what he and the jets owner stand for.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Orlando

    Been a Die hearted JETS fan for Years,Now I know why we have been terrible all these years. Answer: our owner like loosers

    October 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • FRANK

      I couldn't agree more

      October 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mavix27

    As a Jets fan, I've always said that Woody is more interested in making money than winning a trophy...he just proved my case.

    So, because of Woody, I gave up my season tickets AND I will vote for Obama.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • TommytheT

      you know what, in this great country that is your right, vote with your wallet...until some politician comes a long and demands for the "GOOD" of the nation you need to buy and pay for those tickets or you will be fined by the IRS...but not a tax.

      October 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • bcooper

      good 4 u.......cuz i'm afraid woody is goona b very disappointed ....with all that $$$$$$ he's got......i will be voting obama also......

      October 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ColoradoDad

      Or the government demands "for the freedom of our people" we attack another sovereign nation to destroy their "weapons of mass destruction". But the government will pay the hundreds of billions for this war from ???, but its not a tax. And there really are WMD's...somewhere in kenya I guess.

      October 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lynn Dickens

    I am completely baffled by anyone who could vote for Romney with a straight face and clear conscience. Unbelievable.

    October 3, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • DontPretend

      I laugh at anyone who can vote for Obama with a straight face and clear conscience...and I think "oh how cute this gullible little thing is. They actually believe he cares about them."

      October 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • bcooper

      mitt is a bumbling klutz....he even walks funny......join your $$$$$ off shore somewhere and do everyone a favor dissappear....and dont forget ann....take her with u.....

      October 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vet2640

    I suppose the NY Jets lost a whole lot of fans, including me. Hey JETS, you all need a new "OWNER", dump this creep.

    October 3, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • TommytheT

      or I suspect they may have picked up a whole lot of new fans...ahhh the Free Market place...greatest system ever.

      October 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. denouemen

    What do you expect from a grown millionaire who still calls himself Woody.

    October 3, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. JEN


    October 3, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Don

    If you are rich enough to own a professional sports team, you definately would want Romney to win ,so you can enjoy even larger tax breaks. Romney would give the super-rich additional huge tax cuts, while the rest of Americans will have to pay more to make up what the rich get out of paying.

    October 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DontPretend

    I just love the hipocrisy of you "liberals". You are all for freedoms and rights...until someone disagrees with you. You are all for pushing the goals of the people within your ranks, but as soon as someone endorses the opposing candidate in an election, you respond with demeaning and bullying of that person (or restaurant...chick fil-a). You preach and rag about tolerance and inclusion, but absolutely prohibit tolerance of anything that is said in a positive light about anyone in the GOP and absolutely refuse to be include anyone who disagrees with you.

    You "liberals" need to drop the moniker "liberal" and describe yourselves as you truly are: a loosely coupled group of various demographic groups each with your own particular gripe/agenda and who use the Democratic party as your pulpit for pushing your own agenda, and who are completely apathetic to anyone else's opinion.

    October 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • slrman

      I just love the arrogant stupidity of you neo-cons. WHat you don;t realize is that, when your policies actually take effect, they 99% will become so impoverished, none of them will pay taxes, buy your shoddy merchandise, or attend the games your spoiled athletes play

      October 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. slrman

    Spoken like a true wealthy Rethugnican. It's more important for Obama to fail than for the country to succeed. I really with these spoiled, self-centered jerks would buy an island somewhere and form their won country and leave the USA to the people who have actually made it great.

    October 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GuestToo

    Of course he does, what wealthy person does not want to get more at the expense of the middle class. Middle Class voters for Romney are voting against their best interests......pathetic!

    October 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leggs

    Hey woody, both your causes are lost.

    October 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. crush

    The bill for the deficit is coming due. Wars and tax breaks for all have overloaded us. The rich want Romney because they know he'll make sure the check gets picked up by the middle class. He hasn't really made it much of a secret.

    October 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
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