LONG BRANCH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Chris Christie on Thursday reassured those shaken by the fatal Boston Marathon bombings that security will be tight at Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium early next year.
“Well, the Super Bowl is an ongoing conversation that’s been going on for the last two years regarding security and they don’t need my help. It’s a national security event,” Christie told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.
The Secret Service and state police are in charge of security for the big game.
“You cannot compare the security around a Super Bowl with the security that was at the Boston Marathon,” said Christie. “Boston Marathon is what we all in law enforcement used to call a ‘soft’ event. You’re not going to magnetometer every person who walks in like you do in the Super Bowl.”
The governor said he is totally confident security around the Super Bowl will be flawless.
“I’m not worried about it, nor should anybody who’s coming to the event be worried about it,” Christie said.
On Tuesday, the National Football League will “review and enhance” its security measures ahead of next week’s draft at Radio City Music Hall.
“The NFL and its clubs have operated with a very high level of security since 9/11 for all of our games and events,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement. “For next week’s NFL Draft, we will review and enhance our already comprehensive security plans with the NYPD, Radio City and our private security partners. We will advise the public more specifically next week prior to the draft.”
The draft will be held from April 25-27 in Manhattan. Radio City has played host to the event since 2006.
The NFL also said it would review the security plans for next year’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.
“We have been working closely the last two years with federal, state and municipal agencies on a coordinated and comprehensive security plan for the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl,” the league said in a separate statement. “We do not comment on specifics of these programs but continue to review and evolve our plans to ensure the safety of everyone attending the Super Bowl.”