Christie to root for 'America's Team'

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 10:08am

While many New York Giants fans in New Jersey will be cheering for their home team on Sunday, their governor will be in Texas rooting for the other side, the Dallas Cowboys.

Christie, a loyal Cowboys fan, will attend the teams' opening game while he's in the Lone Star State for three Republican National Committee fundraisers.

After the game, Christie headlines events Monday in Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston, according to the RNC. The New Jersey governor also had a big role at the RNC Summer Meeting in Boston last month.

His trip to Texas will likely generate further 2016 presidential buzz, as the state is considered a major campaign oil well for national candidates. The RNC events will give him more opportunities to mingle with top donors in the state.

The New Jersey governor, who's up for re-election this year, explained his lifelong love for the Cowboys.

"I am a Dallas Cowboys fan. I know that that disturbs Eagles fans, Giants fans, Jets fans and probably fans of almost every other team in the NFL," Christie said Tuesday at a press conference, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

The Giants and the New York Jets are both located in New Jersey; the Philadelphia Eagles are based just across the river from neighboring New Jersey.

Christie told a group of elementary students in June that when he was a kid, he was a big fan of then-quarterback Roger Staubach. But there was another reason he didn't root for his home team.

"My father was a Giants fan and I used to remember watching him when I was eight, nine years old and every Sunday he would watch the Giants and yell at the TV set," the governor said. "I used to think to myself why would I want to root for a team that makes you angry?"

Christie has long argued that politics shouldn't steer a person away from their favorite team.

"Maybe some other people can be disloyal, but I can't. I'm for loyalty and I root for the Cowboys," he said Tuesday, according to the Star-Ledger. "When I am there on Sunday night, I will root for the Cowboys."

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