The New York Giants victory parade in Manhattan was majestic in scope and spirit. The city of New York paid tribute to a marvelous achievement in sports. Public figures were abundant including members of the State and local governments. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was ever-present on one of the floats alongside New York City Mayor Bloomberg. Later, Bloomberg played host as he gave each member of the Giant football team a key to the city. Bloomberg spoke eloquently, as he basked in the limelight, along with the team owners and players.
Later, the players, owners, coaches, and assorted personnel returned to New Jersey where they practice and play. In fact, the stadium in East Rutherford is their home. At the New Jersey site, Governor Christie and James Cassella, the Mayor of East Rutherford, were on hand. Once again, the festivities were magnificent. Many excited Giants fans who never could afford the price of a ticket to a season game were able to attend free of charge. Even the parking was free.
The head coach was introduced, along with Eli Manning and others. They were eloquent in extending thanks to the fans for their support. It was a time for brotherly love; New Jersey was one big family at this event. Yet, somehow, something was missing. No one mentioned Chris Christie’s name as he sat among them. Even James Cassella, the Mayor of East Rutherford, was ignored.
New Jersey is the home of the New York Giants and has been for 36 years. Should not Christie and Cassella have been invited to speak? New Jersey graciously acquiesced as New York shared in the festivities. Yet, New Jersey was treated as an afterthought, as though it had been the long lost relative who is always forgotten during the holidays. New Jersey may be good enough to play the landlord, but apparently not good enough to become an equal member of the family.
Co-Owner John Mara indicated to the crowd that he was proud to be in New Jersey. But, is he?
Dr. Salvatore Pizzuro, a Disability Policy Specialist, holds a doctorate in Developmental Disabilities from Columbia University and an advanced degree in Disability Law from New York Law School.