NJ Gov. Christie Joins In Latest Jets Absurdity
By Neil Cohen
You'd think after dealing with Tim Tebow, a foot fetish and a tattoo on Rex Ryan of his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey, things couldn't possibly get any weirder for the New York Jets. Well, you're wrong.
The team's record might have slipped the past two seasons with low expectations for the 2013 season, but they are still capable of grabbing headlines in the New York tabloids. And this time it wasn't even Ryan who caused the problem, but rather New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a possible presidential candidate, who came out swinging at the press covering the Jets.
Christie, who was subbing on radio's Boomer and Carton Show on Monday, according to Will Brinson at CBSsports.com, was not happy with how Daily News writer Manish Mehta — who broke several big Jets stories last year — treated Ryan in the press conference last Saturday, following a game where likely starting quarterback Mark Sanchez was injured in the fourth quarter playing behind a scrub offensive line. Ryan gave a bizarre press conference, turning sideways and almost dancing as he tried to make sense of having Sanchez in there. Mehta had pressed Ryan about whether Geno Smith still had a chance to be the starting quarterback despite a bad performance against the Giants Saturday, the Jets winning 24-21 in overtime. CBS Sportsline quote Christie as saying, "Idiot. The guy's a complete idiot — self-consumed, underpaid, reporter. The only reason he's empowered is we're spending all this time this morning talking about Manish Mehta who, by the way, I couldn't pick out of a lineup. And no Jet fan really gives a damn about Manish Mehta."
Only the fans who read the Daily News, the city's top tabloid, actually.
Christie, who isn't even a Jets fan, but roots for the Dallas Cowboys, decided to defend a man who gave him advice on lap-band surgery, and might run for president in 2016. It just seems a strange place to jump in, and a weird attack on a reporter who was just doing his job. What it boils down to is whether the Jets are 14-2 and in the AFC championship game or 1-15 with the first pick in the 2014 draft, they'll find someway to be the center of attention.