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. David Soares

    It's obvious– 49ers 34 Jets zip, zero, nada

    October 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Woody Johnson is a crock

    If Woody Johnson were serious, he'd have sold his Jets and donate 100% of the proceeds to the Romney/Ryan's campaign.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David Soares

    Well it'ds obviouds isnt it-49ers 34– Jets zip, nada, zero..............

    October 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Doug

    If I were Johnson I would have finally humbled myself after all these years.. Some people ( like him) seem to know no bounds... I would have thought he would have in his daughters honor finally realized what hypocrites his family and GOP really are... As a person he is disgusting, as a father he is even more disgusting, and as a human being he is the most disgusting .. ! Shameful !

    October 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      jeez man. All he said was he puts his country first. Chillax

      October 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      True, Even the wealthy cannot take it with them, can they? How you live your life and how much you care for your fellow human beings is what matters. Not how much money you stashed in the caymans, how many yachts you had, or how many Coach purses you own.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Jay Jay where have you been? I miss our ta to tays.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      First Tebow, now this guy, Im a JETS fan!!

      October 2, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. stevenm54

    What a shock another millionaire wants Romney for president

    October 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrightGeorge

      Funny, last week when the NFL owners locked out the referees by putting a few dollars above the integrity of the game, I said to a friend "Now we know, the league is really just 31 Romneys – and the Green Bay Packers" So it's no real surprise that a wealthy billionaire is more interested in getting more tax breaks rather than the security of the people who helped him make those billions...

      October 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      What a shock. Obama is a millionaire and all the so called Hollywood elite want him to be president. It seems being a community leader didn't qualify him to make the changes he promised. It's time to put someone in office who knows a thing about staying debt free. Vote Romney.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Gregg H

      The people who worked for the eight companies managed by Bain that filed for bankruptcy (during the Romney era) probably wish he knew a bit more about being debt free.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Hey Gregg H, not all companies are financially viable. Some need to fail so that those that are run better will be even more successful and they will be able to hire those available employees. I know youre an 1diot democrat liberal socialist, but Economics 101 for you and your ilk would be a helpful start to understanding why not all companies should stay in business. Dont you think those retirees that had their money in those 401k management funds that invested in poorly run companies have a right to have as much of their money retained? That happens sometimes by cutting LOSSES... DEMOCRATS, PLEASE GET A CLUE, YOURE RUINING OUR COUNTRY!!!

      October 2, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Gregg H

      Wow, that's so unintelligent it's hard to reply to, kinda like having an argument with a baby before it learns to talk. So, what you appear to be saying, assuming you're not just mashing the keyboard randomly, is that Bain bought non-viable companies, so they could . . . well, I'm not sure what. By the way Rob, nice reply to the guy who said Johnson moved the Jets out of New York. Here's what you should have replied – Johnson bought the Jets sixteen years after they moved to New Jersey. (By the way, Johnson attempted to move the Jets to Manhattan, so the rest of your statement makes no sense as well, but that's hardly surprising).

      October 2, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Ha ha, I just wanted to say that DA BEARS just beat the Cowboys
    Sorry, I know it has nothing to do with this story, but DA BEARS!

    October 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Turtleguy

    Another reason to hate the Jets.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Unless you actually have a brain and realize this man has enough courage and a proven track record of creating and maintaining jobs for hundreds of Americans. Good for him, there is a reason he is successful, he believes in freedom and liberty and the right for Americans to follow their dreams and not be taken care of by a socialist liberal government. Voting for Obama is voting AGAINST our pastimes.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Rob the reason he is wealthy, inheritance.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. TheTebowParty

    If I"m given a choice of Ryans, I'm keepin' Rex and you can have Paul. Ain't it enough that we're dealing with a bad loss and the the fact that Tim Tebow is on our roster?? Now we gotta get hit with the news that all the concession stand profits are probably getting channeled to the Romney Super-Pac?? It's enough to make a man cry in his overpriced $8 beer.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TheTebowParty

    Replacement refs didn't work....but maybe it's time for replacement owners. I'm just sayin'.....

    October 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. smc

    Multi-millionaires for Romney! Man walks on moon! Berlin wall falls! and all sorts of other old news.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      So Obama being a millionaire means nothing to you, correct? Libs/Dems HYPOCRITES one and ALL!!

      October 2, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Rob Obama said,"I am wealthy and willing to pay more to save our country". Obama puts his money where his mouth is.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. MrManhattan

    This from a guy who moved his team out of New York, but kept the name. I guess Mitt will do the same thing when he moves our jobs to China.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Arent the Giants in New Jersey too? Your point is? Do you think it might have to do with the extremely high costs of doing business in New York? So youre saying that the NY Jets and Giants should charge their fans 4X as much just so they can play in Manhattan??? Are you awake?

      October 2, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Jet's owner to fans without health insurance" "Too ____ bad!"

    I am no longer a fan of the NY Jets.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gregg H

    The good news for Johnson – Romney will probably get about 45 percent of the vote. That's much higher than the Jets win percentage will be this year (from a Jets fan, btw).

    October 2, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Henry

    The Jets losing is in no way connected to Romney winning. I guess if the Jets aren't winning one must find an excuse no matter how irrational.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. CODY


    October 2, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      You realize these are not NEW tax cuts, right? They are the extended tax cuts from the GW Bush era? Are you awake? do you know anything about politics, economics, taxation? Or are you just spouting Dem talking points? Im sure its the latter.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Rob- Do you realize that Romney's plan is to take deductions (child and mortgage deduction among others)from the middle class and give more to the wealthy? So no they are not the Bush tax cuts. Do you know anything about Romney's platform? I am sure you have a love fest going on because you will get those tax cuts or you are voting for a man who wants you pay for all his wealthy bankers to play.
      Just like in Son of Boss, Romney tax avoider. We pay ours, he does not. FACT.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
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