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Monday, October 1, 2012

Woody Johnson Says Presidential Politics Trumps Jets\' Fate


Jets owner Woody Johnson, who also happens to be the New York campaign chairman for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, appeared on Bloomberg's “Market Makers” show and was asked by the host whether his Jets were a higher priority vs. the presidential election.

Johnson, in a statement likely to irk Jets fans unhappy with the team's 2-2 start, said: “Well, I think so you always have to put country first, so I think it's very, very important, not only for us but for particularly our kids and grandkids, that this election come off with Mitt Romney and Ryan as president and vice president.”

Johnson expounded on other topics, including whether backup quarterback Tim Tebow should replace struggling starter Mark Sanchez. He was more evasive on that topic, saying, “It's a question that's going to be asked more frequently if this progresses. This is unacceptable playing. We failed in all three areas: offense, defense, s pecial teams. We let our fans down.”

In that statement, Johnson stepped back from throwing more fuel on a debate he has played a role in fanning in the past. While at the Republican National Convention, Johnson said in an interview with CNBC that, “I think you can never have too much Tebow,” despite Sanchez being acknowledged as the starter and the team trying to keep a quarterback controversy from breaking out with every Sanchez incompletion.

He also admitted earlier in training camp that he was surprised by the amount of coverage Tebow had gotten, which signaled he had not paid a bit of attention to the Tebow overload that overtook Denver last year.