Notorious cheeseheads Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Senator Paul Ryan decided to bundle up in their Sunday finest and attend yesterday’s NFL playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, which, combined with Dallas’s Detroit Lions shellacking, almost forced yours truly to root for the Green Bay Packers.
Almost. You have to remember I live in Chicago, where rooting for the Green Bay Packers is almost as much of a sin as asking that the local Democratic Party machine not allow your dead body to vote in all future elections.
Anyway, while Chris Christie was safely ensconsed in his warm, toasty owners box with his best friend, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Walker and Ryan were establishing prevailing optics for their 2016 primary contests by freezing in Lambeau’s stands like the rest of the die-hard Packer fans. And they made sure that, when the Cowboys eventually lost to the Green Bay Packers, that Chris Christie was properly shamed.
Governor Walker was first out of the gate, needling Christie over his love for the Cowboys ownership by touting Green Bay’s stock system.
And right after the game, Sen. Paul landed a crushing blow.
Of course, the Christie-Jones bromance is actually more than that. Chris Christie, along with Andrew Cuomo may have pushed the Port Authority to give Jones’s company, Legends Hospitality LLC, a massive contract to operate the observation deck at the top of One World Trade Center. Christie, who got his tickets and travel to Cowboys games as a gift from Jones himself, may have run afoul of New Jersey ethics laws against receiving gifts from people doing business with New Jersey state entities. Christie’s camp insists that because Jones is also a personal friend, the tickets and travel fall under a loophole in the ethics rules. With Democrats already hot on his tail over Bridgegate, I’m sure extensive Rachel Maddow-led investigations will eventually get to the bottom of the situation.