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.

Post by:
Filed under: Mitt Romney • New York • Politics • Pro football
soundoff (573 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Sorry for the typos, I am typing challenged on an iPad.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan da Man

      So, another rich white guy (Johnson) backs a rich white guy (Romney). I do understand, however, why Romney is so concerned about jobs. He hasn't had a job in five and a half years (last job – governor of Massachusetts ending in January 2007). Since then he has been unemployed. Even though he has an estimated $200,000,000, he hasn't opened a business and employed anyone in these economic hard times.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan Thomas

      That doesn't surprise me that Woody Megabucks would think that Romney Super Megabucks would be good for the country! When Woody mentioned that Romney's election is important for our kids and grandkids he certainly was not referring to middle class children! As far as the Jets are concerned, is it any coincidence that once Woody soaked his season ticket holders with ridiculous PSLs the team never made it back to the Championship game much less the playoffs and this season is slowly imploding. He should do all the Jets fans a favor and sell the team to an owner who really wants to see the best possible product on the field!

      October 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TSRVT

    As if we needed another reason to hate the Jets.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn from san diego

      ahahahahahaha! You took the words right out of my thoughts!

      October 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. afnmvet

    Stick to football. On second thought maybe you are a better political campaigner than a NFL owner. Your team is 2 and 2 and going nowhere. I wonder what he would say if some of his players were making similar comments. "Sorry Mr. Johnson I wasn't at practice all week and we lost. More important things came up. That Romney campaign schedule is grueling".

    October 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Obama Mama

    Geee and he owns an investment firm, what is the chances he and Mitt want to have more tax cuts?

    October 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RexRon

      How much is SEIU paying you to post negative comments on CNN all day?

      October 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary1972

      He knows the taxcuts for the rich will expire if Obama wins and that is why it is high priority for him.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. little mister©

    face palm

    October 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. deb

    Just another multi-millionare buying the long is the middle class going to allow this???

    October 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • RexRon

      Just another misinformed person with a limited mindset who thinks the wealthy are evil because they have a different opinion.

      WHY IS IT selfish for a wealthy person to want to hold on to his money BUT IT'S NOT SELFISH to want to take it away and redistribute it?


      October 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Rex Just you are a misinformed person who has a limited mindset, thinks just cause we think different than you, we are evil. (See how that is done?)
      Mitt wants to take tax deductions from the people he already practiced his mindset on and CEO's, Republicans who voted for bills that brought our country to our knees. No thank you, we don't need a business capitalistic vulture for President like Mitt Romney. We need a compassionate person like Barack Obama. Someone for the people not just for themselves. Wake up people, vote the dems in and get rid of the republican, 10% approval republican congress and we will move forward.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn from san diego

      @rexron, hey little buddy, it's 6:33. i think it's time for you to go brush your teeth and go to bed. ok pumkin?

      October 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Miriam

    There is nothing wrong with being rich or wealthy. The problem is that some of them are using there money to put an extreme candidate into the White House which would then be controlled by the extreme TEA Party. The TEA Party is willing to take us back to the 50's by rolling back women's rights, voting rights, equal rights for all, rolling back regulations that got us into the mess President Obama has worked so hard to get us out of. The middle class and poor people have been destroyed by some of the rich. They do not want shared sacrifice to improve our economy. They are willing to do anything to keep the middle class and poor not succeeding in the American Dream.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • RexRon

      Are you kidding me Miriam!

      How is Obama not extreme and radical?

      You think the tea party is bad because that's what the media wants you to believe... Romney is not even close to Extreme and far right... OBama only knows how to turn one way and that's left.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary1972

      You are right on the money.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • snarfowsald

      dude... Paul Ryan is a Tea Party member. There will be nothing but 'right' if Romney is elected. Tea party accepts nothing but absolutes, even ousting moderate Republican Seats for Tea Party ones that would ever cross the aisle.

      October 2, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Clyde

    47% of Jets fans don't buy season tickets or luxury box seats and have never actually gone to a Jets home game game and purchased parking, team merchandise and concessions at the stadium. They just sit at home every weekend and watch the games on "free" TV. Those fans are angry about the Jets, but it's not Woody Johnson's job to worry about those people. It's also not his job to worry about the other 53% of Jets fans. The Jets sell out every game with a waiting list for season's tickets. Who cares about winning football games? Johnson won life's lottery at birth.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. billny

    Geez, all of a sudden I'll root for the Jets.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • cosmicsnoop

      Whatever. I prefer to root for winners and that team is HORRIBLE! Pats will win the division as usual and you don't see that rich owner spouting off his views.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Obama Mama

    What is seiu?

    October 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • RexRon

      Spoken like a true liberal who only listens to the mainstream media.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vern

    Gee, that should go over well with the fan base in New York and New Jersey, most who are part of the UI.S. that Romney holds in such arrogant disdain-you know, the Average Joe.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Obama Mama

    He had a party for McCain and raised 7 Million and when the convention in 2008 was going to have a deficit he pitched in with some of his wealthy friends and made up the 10 million deficit. Johnson is a republican all the time, not just with Mitt. He votes for himself to stay wealthy. But there is more of us that do not have million and will vote our wallet and will vote for Obama/Biden 2012.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • RexRon

      How much is SEIU (obama) paying you to post comments all night on here?

      October 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Nothing I post on here all the time. Why are you being paid by Mitt? Am I that good? Just a Obama voter who believes in a man for the people. Not a republican who thinks he can achieve the american dream someday. If only 1-3% have the dream and getting smaller what does that tell you. You cannot have the wealthy if all are wealthy. I am happy where I am and do not mind helping others. It is the wealthy that have trouble sharing. They want to keep theirs and have more of ours. There are many more of us and the more people that realize that the more people will vote other than republican. The people are wising up, and will take our country back and if Obama does not do it, we will choose someone who will.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Da Bears

    The only purpose for CNN covering this is so that the reader sees billionaire owner and links it to Romneys wealth. Thankfully, my thinking exceeds a 7th grader and I can quickly identify exactly what CNN is trying to accomplish. There's plenty of ' billionaire ' NFL owners who support Obama. Rooney ( Steelers ) is one of them. CNN=fail.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      So Rooney does not want to take from the poor to give the wealthy a tax cut, good for him.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andre

      Supporting a candidate is one thing, chairing a regional campaign is another. That's more commitment to Romney/Ryan than the consumers of this failed product, the Jets.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. At

    Jets fans gotta root for something that's got a chance....

    October 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Yeah I say that about the Rams,but how many years have I been disappointed. lol A true fan does not quit

      October 1, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jan anderson

    really????? there's something more important that football?

    October 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Cardinal Baseball, oh yeah.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20