PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – He’s the Governor of New Jersey, he’s a Cowboys fan, and he’s predicting the Broncos will win it all on Sunday.
Though he said believes the game will be close, New Jersey Governor Christie thinks the Broncos will top the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.
“I believe Denver is going to win the game, I do. I believe Denver is going to win the game. I think it’s going to be a close game and a good game, and I think Seattle will give them every ounce of effort they can. In the end, I like Manning and Moreno,” Christie told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Thursday. “I think that’s a great combination and then you add those four receivers. I think it’s going to be very, very tough for Seattle to cover that offense all over the field and Denver’s defense—I mean I was surprised at how well they played against New England and I think that Seattle’s offense has not been hitting on all cylinders the second half of the season. I think it’s going to be a close game. I’m thinking like 24-21, somewhere in that range, but I think Denver wins.
Christie also said be believes that Sunday’s game will not be the last cold-weather city to host an outdoor Super Bowl.
“Yes, I do [see it happening again] and I think that what they’re going to see, what they’ve seen this week and what they’re going to see on Sunday, is there’s absolutely no reason that football can be play in this type of weather in November, in December, and early and mid January, but somehow can’t be played in the first week of February,” he said. “These cities, other cities beside New York, New Jersey area, places like Boston and Chicago for instance, are major cities that have a lot to offer and could put on a wonderful experience for the fans and the teams for the Super Bowl. We’re happy to be the guinea pigs.”
Eagles president Don Smolenski said the team is considering making a bid for the big game to come to Lincoln Financial Field, assuming all goes well this weekend.
There has been a big public debate about whether Sunday’s game should be credited to New York, even though the game is being played in New Jersey.
“The teams are staying in New Jersey. The teams are practicing in New Jersey and at 6:30 on Sunday night the ball will be kicked off in New Jersey, so I don’t really know what the argument is. Every once in awhile—media day? New Jersey. Every once in awhile someone is going to have dinner in New York, but that’s about it,” Christie said. “They need a stadium to play it in, and both of the teams that say New York in front of their names actually play every Sunday in New Jersey.”