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. ricardo1968

    I think he means 'his' kids and grandkids and not mine.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Penny Wright

    Could the contrast be any greater between Romney, who looted American companies and shipped their jobs overseas, only pays taxes at a 13% rate, stashes his money in the Cayman Islands to avoid U.S. taxes, and President Obama who saved GM and created 32 straight months of private sector job growth?

    Obama is an economic patriot.

    Romney is an economic traitor.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • golds

      Wow. So many democrat talking points in one post, and no sign that you know anything about what Romney did.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      are you kidding me? No president has ever had the unemployment rate Obama has had for four consecutive years. The economy had been horrendous under his term. His only shot is to blame Bush.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @gold- Romney -Son of Boss, tax avoidance, Bain -vulture capitalism and closed factories, Steel mills, and lumber companies, ran them in the ground to make a profit and put middle class out of work, outsourced jobs to China, put his money in foreign accounts to avoid taxes, did not show his 2 years of income taxes till last week, and will take more of mine so he and his friends can have more. Did I miss anything good?

      October 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @John–you're an idiot. Check what unemployment rates looked like in the late 20s and early 30s. History not your strong point, is it? Producing BS certainly seems to be more correct for you.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • christopher sferrazza

      John if your comparing rates from nearly a century ago – then you are out of touch. Most of the jobs from back then don't even exist in third world countries. Obama's employment rates show an increase in jobs – THAT IS A FACT – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19519037
      It just hasn't been as much as expected – GOP has blocked much of Obama's plan to increase jobs.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DocHollywood

    How about getting on the PA system at the next Jets home game and telling the fans that paid good money to see your product that. Tell them they're suckers for buying a product you're really putting second. It will give them one more reason to boo you and Rex.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Autobox

    Chi Logic.....you know who comes to take care of fires, puts in new water lines and picks up my trash? MY TAX DOLLARS.....without my tax dollars your president B.O. wouldn't have jack! I want my money back from GM and all the others that he bailed out. Did you hear that GM wants B.O. out of their business, (as does the rest of the country) and it's going to cost us (tax payers) 35 BILLION.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      The tarp was Bush and he did not make provisions to pay it back. But the money Obama gave to the auto industry was paid back. hmmmmmmm

      October 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Bush was the one who bailed out GM ($65B) back in December 2008 along with Fannie Mae($100B) and Freddie Mac($100B) in July, AIG($85B) in Sept., AIG(37B) again in Oct., AIG($40B) again in Nov., Freddie Mac($13B) again in Nov., and Citigroup($25B) in Nov, all in 2008.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      lBush gave 13.4 billion to GM.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      My bad, you are correct. Accidentally combined the amount for GM and Chrysler.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stan da Man

    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 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      stan- you don't have to be rich to support romney. You simply want a job- vote for romney. However, if you like to collect food stamps and hope for the change Obama never promised on then vote again for his nightmare of a prez.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Where are all the jobs from the wealthy that the congress said they would create if they got the Bush tax cuts?

      October 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • YouCan'tBeSerious

      John – you're rather a simple man, aren't you? (That was a rhetorical question, of course.)

      October 2, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Woodster

    Guess the woodster realizes revis isn't making it back for the super bowl.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J-E-T-S

    Dear Woody,
    Please do us long suffering Jets fans a favor and sell the team to somebody who gives a damn! Then, you can truly spend your time making sure your boy Romney gets elected so the ACA can be repealed so your company can continue to screw us all over with bloated healthcare costs. This is a flagrant example of big business big in bed with government.
    See you on Monday night.....caaan't wait!

    October 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. aardman

    I am shocked, shocked that a plutocrat is supporting for Romney!

    October 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      close to 50 percent of the country is supporting Romney. Guess you are one of those people who likes to get their food stamps. Who else would vote for the Food Stamp President.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @John if you superimpose a republican map over a welfare state, they are one and the same 85% of the time. Also the republican states get more back in federal aide than they put in. And more republican states do not pay minimum wage to workers. Sooooooo what did you say about dems?

      October 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • YouCan'tBeSerious

      @Obama Mama – John is rather a simple soul whose math skills are lacking and who does not have even a rudimentary grasp of basic macro economics. Go easy on the poor sot.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Larry

    Is that why the Jets suck? Maybe he should get out of football and go into politics.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DJ Reality

    It is to bad he can not focus on his team. He should sell them fo someone who cares about winning

    October 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. celtbelle

    My personal choice this season is to avoid products made or sold by any company that openly endorses any candidate. Guess I'll be buying my stuff elsewhere, Mr. J.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dan

    Yes Chi Logic we did have plenty of help, ie: from my nieghbors and your niegbors who help to and build the roads, it's regular people like me and you. The government hires private companies to help (or cradle to grave) build roads, bridges, towers, firestations, etc...etc...etc...and YOU Chi Logic and ME and my neighborS pay for it through taxes hence we all built and paid for these roads and other things you speak of, I think this is good. I want to pay my taxes because I use the roads, the water, the power. Hence percent of income taxes. The more you make the more you automatically pay because 15% of $100 isn't the same as 15% of $1,000,000. On top of that The people who make alot aready pay a higher percentage even though "percentage ayutomatically makes you pay more" if you make more. I made $20,000 last year, I'm not boohooing about anything, I feel lucky to have made that much.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Some of what you said is true. But when you have connections like Romney you also pay less because you have deductions like horseys for $77,000. but Romney wants to take the tax deductions from middle class like the child deduction and mortgage deduction, cut Social security, and end Social Security in 2022. While giving the wealthy tax cuts.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LifeLongJetsFan

    the Jets STINK (I cleaned that up)... please, please, please, work on your football team

    October 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 21k

    maybe he should focus on his team, fire the coach. they stink.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan89

    I don't think it will really matter for Mr. Johnson as we all know that his state is going for Barack Obama. Even the state that the New York Jets play in, New Jersey, is also going to vote for President Barack Obama. He is pretty much the Chairman of a organization in a state for a lost cause. If he really wanted to make a difference he should try to focus voters in the swing states where those votes will decide the election, not one where it is pretty much already decided.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
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