Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Eager for Big Game Replay

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Eager for Big Game Replay

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The Meadowlands Super Bowl still is almost a week away, but already some supporters of the event -- including the governor and a Giants owner -- are looking down the road at the possibility of a repeat performance.

"Hopefully, when we do all the tallying in the weeks to come, the other 30 owners will say to themselves, 'When there's a chance to do this again, Super Bowl 48 in New York/New Jersey was a huge success - - let's try and do this once every 10 years,' " said Jonathan Tisch, the former director of New York City tourism, whose family owns 50 percent of the Giants.

Hours after Tisch's comments at a press conference in midtown Manhattan, Governor Christie teased National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell about that very idea during a speech at the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, which was renovated using a donation from the Super Bowl Host Committee's Snowflake Youth Foundation.

Alluding to some controversy about whether New Jersey is getting its fair share of attention as host of the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Christie told the audience: "We're proud to be the host of the game, we're proud to share some of the other festivities with our neighbors on the wrong side of the Hudson River, and we'll continue to partner with them all through the week, to make sure that everyone who comes into the region has a really great experience, so that we can have this game back here sometime."

Christie then winked as he asked the crowd, "What's Goodell's reaction over my shoulder? I don't want to turn around. He nods, he smiles, he's frowning -- what is it?"

Goodell smiled and gave a thumbs-up sign, but after the event, he did not address the possibility.

Christie -- a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys and not the participating Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos -- was asked (between his watching a foosball table game among the club's youngsters and his playing a brief pingpong game with 13-year-old Ivan Fradkin) whether he would attend Sunday's game. …

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