New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in New Orleans last year for the Super Bowl to watch the Baltimore Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers when a not-so-funny thing happened: The lights went out.
And stayed out for 34 minutes.
At an encounter this week with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was busy thumbing away on his BlackBerry, Goodell turned to Christie and asked if the blackout would be repeated when the league hosts the Super Bowl in February at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Christie’s response invoked an infamous Jersey persona: Tony Soprano.
“I said, ‘Listen Roger, I can’t guarantee you the lights aren’t going to go out,”’ Christie said yesterday during a Hurricane Sandy one-year-after ceremony in Moonachie attended by Goodell and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson.
The governor then proceeded to assure the head of the league: “But if they do, there will be bodies strewn in the parking lot of the people who are responsible for the lights going out, because that’s the way we handle things in New Jersey.”
“I don’t know whether that made him more excited to come here for the Super Bowl,” Christie said, “or less excited.”