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Gov. Christie Continues To Tout NJ As True Home Of Super Bowl XLVIII

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) and New York City Major Bill de Blasio attend the Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular at Liberty State Park on January 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) and New York City Major Bill de Blasio attend the Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular at Liberty State Park on January 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says there’s nothing to debate: This year’s Super Bowl belongs to the Garden State.

End of discussion. No spin.

“The teams are staying in New Jersey. The teams are practicing in New Jersey. And at 6:30 on Sunday night, the ball will be kicked off in New Jersey,” Christie said Thursday on WIP radio in Philadelphia. “I don’t really know what the argument is. I don’t need to spin here, fellas. … Media day? New Jersey.”

“Every once in a while somebody goes over to have dinner in New York,” he added, “but that’s about it.”

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Several N.J. politicians have expressed disappointment in the NFL, saying so far the big game has been a big letdown as New York is getting all the credit — leaving them in the cold.

Christie brushed aside the suggestion that MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford was awarded Super Bowl XLVIII because of its proximity to New York City.

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“Well if they were waiting for a stadium to play the game in, in New York, they’d still be waiting, wouldn’t they?” said Christie, adding that the Jets and Giants play in N.J. despite what their official logos might say.

He also managed to take a lighthearted poke at the mayor across the river.

“There’s nothing that says Super Bowl like Bill de Blasio and the Goo Goo Dolls, right?” Christie said, referring to the Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular concert held Monday in Jersey City.

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will square off Sunday for the Lombardi Trophy.

Check out the rest of the interview — including Christie’s Super Bowl prediction — at CBS Philly.

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