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Gov. Christie Scores a Super Bowl Box

Gov. Chris Christie will get to watch the Super Bowl from a luxury box at MetLife Stadium after all.

Governor Chris Christie talks with Giants team owner Laurence Tisch at a rally to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl victory at MetLife Stadium in 2012 (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

A box at the state-owned facility is available to the governor for regular season Jets and Giants games. During an appearance on WFAN’s Boomer and Carton last summer, Christie boasted that he would be the one controlling the Super Bowl guest list.

For the Super Bowl, however, the NFL was given control of all seats and boxes, putting Christie’s box at risk of being lost to league sponsors and guests.

Now WNYC is reporting the NFL is letting the Sports and Exposition Authority keep its box for the game and the authority will let Christie use it.

“We have, you know, a suite. And as part of the consideration for the services we are providing as well as being the landlord for the complex,” Wayne Hasenbalg, the authority’s CEO told the radio station.  “We are turning that over to the governor. From there, you know, my job is over.”

It’s likely that Christie will be at the game. “I think it’s safe to say that come hell or high water, he’ll be in MetLife Stadium somewhere on game day,” Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak told the Star Ledger last fall.

Christie during the WFAN appearance said his family and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) would be invited to join him in the box but was unsure who else he would invite.


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