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Chris Christie’s Cowboys fandom continues to draw scrutiny

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, talks with Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones, right, on the field as the teams warm up before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, talks with Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones, right, on the field as the teams warm up before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts. AP

It was the hug seen around the world.

And it has led to plenty of political fallout for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie back home in the Garden State.

The International Business Times reported that Christie and Jerry Jones share far more than a love for the Dallas Cowboys.

The story said Christie pushed for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to award a contract to Legends Hospitality, a firm owned by the Cowboys, the New York Yankees and Checketts Parnters Investment Fund. The contract was to operate the yet-to-open observatory in the 104-story One World Trade Center.

The Wall St. Journal also raised questions about Jones giving Christie a plane ticket and a seat to the playoff game, but a Christie spokesman has said the New Jersey Governor didn’t violate any ethics rules by accepting them.

The Newark Star-Ledger also weighed in an editorial cartoon where Christie is dressed as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.

Here in Texas, Jones is unabashed about having Christie in the owner’s box, telling 105.3 The Fan: “He’s part of our mojo.”

In addition to Sunday’s game against Detroit, Christie attended Cowboys road games against the New York Giants in his home state of New Jersey and against the Philadelphia Eagles. He also attended the Cowboys home game against the Indianapolis Colts — all four were won by the Cowboys. On Monday’s radio show, Jones said he would bring Christie to Green Bay for Sunday’s playoff game.

“I don’t know how we can in any way think about going up there without him with the way we’re playing and the mojo,” Jones told The Fan.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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