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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soundoff (573 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Romey is for the wealthy... of course the wealthy want him to win

    October 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ColoradoDad

    @rexRon. Good for you! seriously, I really mean that. Someday I'd like to do the same. But in all honesty, you need to step back from the "I built this all by my self mentality". Because you didn't, there are subtle mechanisms within the US which help you and which are funded by tax payer monies. If you really are a business owner and/or creator then you already know this, or at least should. Not saying it wasn't difficult or taking away your efforts in any way. just trying to keep the conversation honest and factual.

    October 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    If this guy sat down at my table in Vegas I would cash out ASAP!

    October 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bryan

    Another good reason to hate the Jets

    October 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      And people wonder why the jets suck.

      October 4, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. str8vision

    Let me get this ultra rich old white male who comes from an ultra rich family supports a Republican candidate? Tell me it ain't so!

    October 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • freedomringingnow

      So a rich person wants to keep more millions in his pocket book.

      Wow that is hard to believe.....

      Republicans are so out of their market with only the wealthy voters.....

      Congrats and may the Jets su ck on their season too.


      October 4, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. ManTex

    LOL ....... MR and the Jets have just about the same probability of winning.

    October 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GrandDiva

    And they both will lose this season!!

    October 3, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Picard

    That's why the JETS suck and always will, it really does start at the top. When your owner is more concerned about who wins the White House rather than putting a good team on the field every Sunday, well there you go. I think both candidates are bad and will both run us into the ground along with congress even further than the Bush II peeps but Woody Johnson is a typical uber millionaire.

    October 4, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |

    One thing i will never understand is why libs think they should get to leach off of all the rich that do the work and take the risk but i guess thats how dems on welfare feel it should be. Get an idea start a company and boy howdy you can be rich too. But wait Dems arn't smart enough to figure out thats how it works.

    October 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
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