NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new report alleges New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie advocated for one of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ business interests to land a deal with the Port Authority.
Legends Hospitality LLC, which is owned in part by the Cowboys, was granted a contract to run the observation deck at Manhattan’s One World Trade Center in 2013.
Legends Hospitality runs concessions at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium as well as the home of the New York Yankees, who also own a stake in the company.
A report in the International Business Times said Christie “personally pushed” for the deal to go through.
However, Yankees president Randy Levine — a Legends board member — told the Wall Street Journal that neither Christie nor Jones were involved in the bidding process.
“To try and tie one to the other is silly,” Levine said.
According to an April 2013 press release, both New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Christie called on the Port Authority Board of Commissioners to approve the agreement. The board went on to approve the deal.