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N.J. Mayors Refuse to Help with 2014 Super Bowl Plans

225px-New_Meadowlands_Stadium_Mezz_Corner_opt_copyBY VALERIE CHAMPAGNE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

While some are speculating that the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium could be disrupted due to an untimely blizzard like the one seen this past weekend, there is another very real possibility that could ruin the day for many.

A group of mayors from the Meadowlands District are threatening to keep emergency services and police officers from working the big day due to lack of payment for previous municipality services, reported The Record.

Carlstadt mayor, William Roseman, and Secaucus mayor, Michael Gonnelli, released a joint statement saying, “The teams have never been good corporate neighbors to the region.”

The mayors, along with others, are upset that the Stadium owners have yet to help with the costs that have been put on their communities during other large events.

The Stadium is co-owned by the New York Giants, the New York Jets and the States Sports and Exposition Authority. The Giants are upset with the mayors for not speaking with them sooner.

“It is unfortunate that our neighbors would issue a press release of this nature at a time when most of the New Jersey and New York metropolitan region is working together to produce a great Super Bowl in February 2014," said Pat Hanlon, the Giant’s senior vice president for communications, in an email with The Record.

Hanlon also said he was willing to meet with the upset mayors to discuss their concerns further.

Wayne Hasenbalg, president of the Sports and Exposition Authority told NJ Today that he plans on sitting down with the mayors to talk about plans to “maximize the economic benefit to New Jersey and we’re taking that very, very seriously.”

The spokeswoman for the 2014 Super Bowl committee has only said the committee will release traffic and crowd control plans later on down the road.

 

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