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. johnnyluv

    Yup, he's certainly concerned with the BIG tax cut his buddy mitty is getting ready to dole out, if he gets elected BUT, Americans are far smarter, except the pee party coalition, and will reject this non sense of "you get details after the election" and ryan's dont have time to explain how they will pay for those cuts aimed at the likes of the jets owner n elway both of which belong to the top 1% Perhaps this man would still have a living child if he only would have placed more attention to her soul than his money!!! Reckon people like them think and believe in income distribution only if it flows to the top. enuff said.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jameister

    I this guy thinks that electing Mitt Romney is what's best for our children, I hate to think what he puts in his baby shampoo. Time to switch product lines.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pmorgan

    Woody Johnson and Mitt Romney both inherited millions hide hundreds of millions money overseas and complain that their tax rates which are already much, much, much lower than the typical American pays should be even lower.

    Johnson & Johnson, based in New Jersey, is the world’s largest health care products company, is using a $12.9 billion stock swap between its Irish subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and its bankers JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs to avoid paying taxes in the USA.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
    • DevilDogOz

      Yes, and Mitt Romney paid $2 million actual dollars with his 'rate' at 10+%, plus the $4 million he donated to charity. It's the whiners like you who don't have his talent to earn the cash he does who continually want to talk 'rates' and not 'dollars'. Go ahead and throw out the 'inherited' argument while you're at it. Obama, no slouch himself in the cash department these days, has succeeded wildly with his populist message... why don't we just take all their money and kill them while we're at it? By the way, you messed up my order when I went through the drive-thru last time...

      October 2, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. A person of interest

    These guys are just high class bigots....sure they'll hire a Mexican quarterback.....basically a high end Gardner who doesn't cut the grass at his stadium.....If this country was so damn good 4 years ago, why isn't the former president out
    Campaigning for the R and R? Why wasn't he at their convention.....remember if president Obama has failed so miserably it's because Turtle McConnells main agenda was to make him a 1 term president so the right has made it difficult.....I hope you repubs didn't forget guys did....and all Iraq vets who came home early from Iraq...thank you ! Now you should do the same and thank president Obama in November ! Also anyone against healthcare? Take your young adult sibling of your insurance when thet turn 21 because that's Obamacare, you wouldn't want to be a hypocrite!

    October 2, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. areukiddnme

    Oh another wealthy capitalist wants tax breaks.. no way!

    October 2, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pmorgan

    n August 2006, Woody Johnson was asked to testify before a Senate panel about his participation in a sham tax shelter. A Senate report said that Johnson, along with a few others, were able to buy, for relatively small fees, roughly $2 billion in capital losses that they used to erase taxable gains they garnered from stock sales. The U.S. Treasury lost an estimated $300 million in revenue as a result. The Internal Revenue Service challenged the "tax shelter" and Johnson "settled with the IRS and agreed to pay 100 percent of the tax due plus interest.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Randy Johnson

    Wow – what a stunning endorsement! I'm sure Romney is so happy he could jump right out of his mormon underpants.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Randy Johnson

    Wow a New York Jets endorsement!! Thats would be as exciting as the SPCA getting Mike Vicks endorsement!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cam Spurgeon

    Most of the very rich do support Romney because they want lower taxes and then there are those who care about the country. but is this news. I guess at CNN it is especially when find idiots who cant keep their from flapping. I never was a jet fan but for sure now!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. jeff

    A looser team owner supports another looser.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Smokey

    I could care less who the owner is endorsing, I wanna know who Tim Tebow is endorsing!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. blerg

    a billionaire endorses a millionaire. good!

    October 2, 2012 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. MemyselfnI

    I hate the Jets!

    October 2, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Raymond

    " You just can't fix stupid"! For all you loser democrats, who believe this class warfare mentality, let's just see how you all fare after Obama gets re-elected, unemployment sky rockets and your kids have nothing to dream for! the US will get downgraded further and you'll all be the first in the streets complaining. Have you heard of Greece? Do you think socialist countries work?
    Enough arguing with you morons. Keep blaming society for your failures! Maybe you should have put down the remote and studied a little harder!

    October 2, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. Patrick

    So the absurdly wealthy owner of the New Jersey Jets wants the absurdly wealthy Mitt Romney to be President. Who would've thought?

    October 2, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
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