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. altaskier

    He sooo rich!

    October 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dan

    what does white guy have to do with it? I've seen white guy help black guy, I've seen black guy help white guy all the time, repeatedly??? I've seen well off minorities emplyoying all races as well as well off "whites" employing all races.

    Romney has all races helping in his campaign as does Obama. I'm 47 and have never seen such racial division in this country in my life, it's getting really weird.
    Makes me sad as a black citizen, seems to have gotten alot worse lately.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Billie G

    I am shocked!! An old, rich white guy is pulling for Romney? This is big news!!!

    October 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • David bierly

      Your statement is absolutely true...yet so funny the way you put it

      October 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • buzz1975

      LOL! I thought the very same thing. An old man, privileged by being born into money he didn't earn, supports Romney/Ryan?! so not shocking NOR newsworthy. Maybe he should paymore attention to his business. I doubt he will be any more successful at making this election go his way than he is at being successful at football.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    wow , he made me a jets fan overnight- country is in a crisis and that is more important than sports. Obama travels to Vegas on 9/11 and denies it was a terror attack in Libya. Successful people and people who want to work vote for Romney. People who like food stamps and collect govt checks vote for Obama.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      And the non-stop blaring noise from the Fox News crowd continues.

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

      Because the 1-3% build roads, work at the post office, are secretaries, and clean houses. hahahahahhaaaaaaaaaa

      October 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      its funny to see Republicans trying to make up for what Robme said about 47% of americans by blaming Obama for what happend in Libia

      October 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • watchMoreThanFox

      Just repeating what you hear on your right wing echo chambers. The real moochers vote GOP so they can make millions and pay less of a tax rate including all taxes than those on minimum wages.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      Sure, I will be voting for Obama, so are the rest of the 47%. Scare tactics and stereotyping will not work in 2012. The game has changed!

      October 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      john u ignoramous clown, did you just lie and say Pres Obama was at Vegas on 9-11? If you were in ft of me now and said that.......first I would evaluate your mental ability.....and I cannot write the other I would do. Go on........write back.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Get him s kel. Scottish

      October 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • allworld212

      I'm voting for O'bama you pretentious clown. And I work everyday and don't use food stamps. By the way, Bush and his skull and bones cronies are the terrorists who set up 9/11 in order to use the american people to take out Saddam and set up Cheneys infrastructure company. And did you know Prescott Bush, GWs granddad, was an american nazi who along with other american nazis, financed Hitlers nazi party? As a matter of fact, old Adolph couldn't have made it without them. Look how many people died because of it. Mass murder is no problem for your successful hard working people. I like the irony. Two of his sons become american presidents.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. aaron

    A millionaire who doesn't like paying taxes supporting Romney. Big surprise there.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Football

    LOL, yeah cause winning is certainly not a priority for the Jets.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard

    As if Jets fans weren't upset already. Now they have an owner who doesn't care.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan McKeown

    This story couldn't be more ironic.

    Man who puts religion where it doesn't belong dooms team and now wants another man who puts religion where it doesn't belong to doom the country.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ghostman

    is this surprising?....screw every rich old white swine....the Jets will never win..jokes on you old man!!!!

    October 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jrm03063

    You hear that Fireman Ed? The owner of your team wants to see you LAID OFF!

    October 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    What else is new? He's among the weathy 1% Romney is in this race – just to make him & fellow rich 53% responsible folks donors richer and ignore the 47% of ther population.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Obama Mama

    Fox News is an entertainment news station. When did you ever see Bill O'Rielly in afghanistan? Hannity in Lybia? Meghan Kelly in Syria? Really, when did you see them anywhere but in the studio? Never have you seen them anywhere but in the studio, real jounalistic reporting? not

    October 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      lol...they sit in a primary colored studio wearing primary colored clothing...

      October 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Rascal- sounds a bit like kindergarten. lol

      October 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    "Well, I think you always have to put country first." said coach Woody Johnson in this article, as if he had anything to do with not being born in Nazi Germany.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Raefert "J diddy" Johnson

    Guess who I'm voting for. 🙂

    October 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Obama Mama

    Opinions =Faux news, not facts. Opinions of republicans giving not the news, but their opinions. Most of the time it is not even correct news.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
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