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Who really owns the New York Jets?

jetshelmet092609_optBY PAM LOBLEY

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie are enjoying a little good-natured rivalry over which state the Jets "belong" to: New York or New Jersey?

Bloomberg has pointed out that the Jets originated in New York and played for years at Shea Stadium in Queens. Christie objects, saying, "when they're practicing, where are they practicing? New Jersey".

He continues, "And when they play their home games, where do they play? New Jersey. And where do most of their players live? In New Jersey."

Bloomberg and Christie are always trying to one-up each other. Christie went to Orlando during the Christmas blizzard, but Bloomberg left town and didn't even tell anybody where he was going. Christie had to fire his Education Commissioner Bret Schundler over some errors, so Bloomberg went and hired Cathie Black for Schools Chancellor, a woman with no background in education at all. The two are in a constant race to outdo each other in dissolving teacher tenure, improving the schools, and reforming pensions for government workers.

When it comes to the Jets, each side of the Hudson wants to claim the team. The fans themselves are typically divided. Those that live in New Jersey say the Jets are a Jersey team, New Yorkers avow the Jets belong to them.

I say we let the Jets themselves decide. I've devised a handy quiz each player can take to help them choose.

You're a New Yorker if:

  • Most of your wardrobe is black.
  • You know how to purchase and use a Metrocard, including a bus transfer.
  • You think everybody walks too slowly.
  • You always know why the Empire State Building is whatever color it is that day.
  • You think Jill Nicolini is hot.

You're a Jersey Boy if:

  • You can easily navigate any freeway jug-handle.
  • You have an attractive, portable wine bag for all the great bring-your-own restaurants.
  • You think everybody drives too slowly.
  • Your property taxes are in the five figures, but you'll never give up "home rule".
  • You think Snooki is hot, at least a little bit.

Pep rallies are being held in both New York and New Jersey, so fans of all addresses can cheer on the Jets. As Coach Rex Ryan says: "There's enough of the Jets to go around."

Pam Lobley writes the "Now That's Funny" column. Sign up for her mailing list at pamlobley.com.


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