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. Alfred E. Neuman

    In his tax bracket of course that is the most important thing.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. snakedog

    I will no longer consider myself a Jet fan and I will root for their defeat every week.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ronald Raygun

    how come there are no news articles about poor people saying this about romney. most of our country is poor

    October 2, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      ...Thanks to Obama!

      October 2, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      And youre using which statistics to support your contention? Youre right in one respect, those living below the poverty line have INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY in the last 4 years.. THANK YOU OBAMA!!

      October 2, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Ezo

      Crazy Tony and Ashy Rob, please explain how Obama caused the current mess and GWB didn't...Just curious to hear a real argument from a GOP supporter rather than baseless one liners...Go

      October 2, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Ezo, they can't respond because they are baseless one liners and that's all... I live in Texas and watched helplessly as GWB and now Rick Perry destroy our fine state because they are idiots, complete buffoons. It is unbelievable to me that anyone would defend GWB especially after suffering thru two of his terms and how anyone could support these two ass-hats Rmoney and Ryan.. Obama is definitely not the greatest president ever but those two clowns are absolutely not the answer...

      October 2, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Brady

      Chris, get clue. Texas is one of the most business friendly states in the nation. Move to New York and then spout your ignorance. Snap out of your Obama trance.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Brady yeah Texas, home of the working poor. Guess how Perry paid your state debt off, stimulus money.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. DP

    What a huge surprise. And I thought that the NFL owners who were so very willing to help the referees and NFL players with their open wallets and hearts were all for Obama πŸ˜‰

    October 2, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Benlinus

    Well so much for being a Jets fan, guess I need a new team.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Steeler VA

      Come over to Steeler Nation...Rooneys are known to be Obama supporters...Go Steelers and Welcome to the Humane Side..

      October 2, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. fire0bama

    Dear Mr. Johonson, you are so right that there is nothing more important for our country to remove the empty suit 0bama who has been out to destroy Ameica.

    Romney/Ryan 2012!

    October 2, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Name a Romney plan. Just one.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Just Sayin'

    What a surprise. A monument to privilege that is hoping the other monuments to privilege win the election.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Brady

      He employs hundreds not thousands of people. But you just keep on demonizing him why don't you. Get a clue.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anna

    and Elway introduced Romney tonight and endorsed him for President, what happened to each his own in this country???? Oh, I remember we aren't to have anything of our own or anything of which we earn we have to redistribute for the good of all .........

    October 2, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Cause there are millions of middle class that hide their money in the Caymans.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Colby

    Just a super wealthy man supporting another super wealthy man....... Im not surprised a bit

    October 2, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bob Marra

    First this jerk signs Tebow, now he promotes Romney. I have been a Jets fan for 50 years, until now.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Geoff

    Duh. A billionaire sports franchise owner wants Romney to win the White House. How is this news, except to the extent that he clearly couldn't care less about the fans who fill Met-Life Stadium to support his team? Wealthy penguins are much more compassionate than wealthy people.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. snarfowsald

    I keep seeing people using the line I DID BUILD IT. Please, go find that clip and watch it. not just the sound byte that FoxNews bounced around. Because our President Never told you you didnt build your business. He was talking about infrastructure, bridges and roads. It wasnt a gaff, it was just editing. do yourself a favor and watch it.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • FDM

      What they really should do is find "Joe the Plumber" and ask him how much support he got from McClain and the Republicans after using him "up" in 2008.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. ricky

    this guys an idiot. obviously its more of a priority for him. If i have a dog and i cant feed it or take care of it, i sell it. hint he needs to sell the jets. cuz they suck. put in tebow

    October 2, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. John the Electrician

    Super rich aristocrates are so important to this country that we should all move and let them have it.

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

      They are only 1-3%, majority rules, let them move or we can outsource them.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Edith

    This is exactly the reason why a jack off like this guy shouldn't be allowed to own a Professional Sports Team. He owns it as if it's a bauble on his wife's finger. Something fancy to show off, that he paid a ton of money for. He's not passionate about it. He's just someone from the lucky sperm club who road someone's coattail in the family that hit the jackpot. Sell it to somebody that values its integrity.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff in Cincy

      "Shouldn't be allowed to own a Professional Sports Team"... Hummm, what country do you live in dude? Last I checked we were in "the land of the free" or has Obama National already changed that now??? You lemmings are unbelievable! That's it, just keep following each other off the cliff....

      October 2, 2012 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      I guess the wealthy did not notice, we fell off the cliff 4 years ago and if we can rid of the do nothing congress we can move FORWARD. Even if you all go over seas at least we won't have to listen to your babble all the time.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
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