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. Philip

    @Obama Mama. CNN has a huge presence in Europe. (CNN Europe) When it comes to covering the world, CNN is lightyears ahead of Fox.
    funny story: I have a friend with a bachelor of the arts degree from CSU (he's also gay) He moved to Colorado Springs and couldn't find a job. (the unemployment rate here is 13.7%) So he did what Ronald Reagan (a lifelong democrat until he ran for gov of Cali) did, sort of. He called himself a "Log Cabin Repiblican" and FOX hired him as an office boy. He's a 30 something democrat who flip-flopped to get a job! Just like ronald Reagan, though during the Reagan Era there was no such thing as a Log Cabin Republican. Most all were still in 'the closet' others aren't allowed to have.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Philip- neccesity the mother of re-invention.lol Job is a job.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. babooph

    Woody INHERITED all& is now just a parasite the workers of the nation must support,of course he wants Romney to win,like Forbes ,the Bush bunch Trump& so many other trust fund babies.This corrupt practice has gone on for many generations in Woodies family & so many others-he would just be another Walmart greeter instead of the Jets owner ...

    October 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Name s kel

    John is a republican clown.....really Pres Obama was at vegas this yr on 9-11? I saw him at the Pentagon that day.

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

    so where was this essay when hollywood thinks politics are more important than making good tv. or when the view thinks politics are more important than good tv?

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

    News flash to you right wing lemmings who believe all the propaganda the same amount of people weren t paying taxes when W was president its a talking point dummies

    October 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Name s kel

    cnn get some guts about you and STOP DELEATING messages that WERE POSTED!!!!

    October 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eric

    Do you need more indication that the GOP is the party of the super rich? or that those with a vested interest with their personal wealth is heavily riding on a GOP win? this is the party behind the economic chaos and all they can do is blame the other party.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TomGI

    If I was a multi-millionaire owner of an NFL team I would want MR too. But I'm just a middle class white collar professional and MR offers me nothing. Besides I don't want to see the USA at war with Iran and apparently WJ doesn't care.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jill Again

    Maybe if he paid more attention to football, he'd have a better team? Either way, selling Romney to the masses is tough duty. You need good raw material to have a good product. Sadly, he's a little short in that department.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    Ah so that's why the Jets are getting whooped. Their coach isn't doing his job.

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

    LoL@Mama. I got a big kick out of what he was willing to do to get a job too. And he's really getting-in to being a republican now, or at least acting like it.
    Did you happen to notice this NFL owner using the words 'country' and 'romney' as synonyms?
    "Small minds confuse the love of country with love of government." Scaevola, spoken c500 BCE
    The game remains the same. Gladiator.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      lol. Has he become an actor too. lol So true. Maybe next election we will have a third or 4th real choice.
      I refuse to let our country not care for one another.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rob

    Rich old white guy is pro Romney, shocker.....

    October 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hoosier 24

    Breaking News: Old, white, extremely wealthy rich guy supports the Republican party!!
    Just one more reason to hate the Jets.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Johnny

    To support a left wing loonie like Obama who offers nothing other than government management of your life, you have to be one pathetic sad sack.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Reeffert "J diddy dog" Johnson

    Gee. Wonder who'll I'll vote fo?

    October 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
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