TEANECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It was four years ago when Republican Gov. Chris Christie told reporters to “take the bat” to now 80-year-old Democratic state Sen. Loretta Weinberg.
But Weinberg took the rare step Wednesday of agreeing with the governor, who has called for the Jets to return money paid by the National Guard for promotional ads and perks for soldiers.
“If we’re actually paying the New York Jets franchise for saluting the troops, then that would be very disappointing,” Christie said Tuesday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
“There’s something really so untoward about a football team accepting money or even a state national guard offering money to honor their troops,” Weinberg told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney,
According to NJ.com, federal records show the Jets were paid $377,000 by the U.S. Department of Defense and New Jersey Army National Guard from 2011-14 to salute local servicemen and women during games at MetLife Stadium. As part of the agreement, soldiers also attended various team functions, including charity events and an annual preseason luncheon.