New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie channeled Tony Soprano when he threatened mob justice if a blackout spoils the Super Bowl when it comes to his Garden State in February.
Christie was with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson at a charity event Tuesday when he recalled the 34-minute outage that halted the Baltimore Ravens-San Francisco 49ers game in New Orleans, The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., reports
"The lights were out for a while as you'll recall, and so I was with the commissioner, and it's an awkward time," Christie, who's mulling a run for president in 2016, told an audience in Moonachie, N.J.
"We were there in the dark and he's on his BlackBerry trying to figure out what's going on. Finally he turns to me and he said to me, 'You know, Gov, when we come to New Jersey next year, the lights aren't going to go out, are they?'"
"And I said, 'Listen, Roger, I can't guarantee the lights aren't going to go out … But if they do, there will be bodies strewn in the parking lot for the people who are responsible for the lights going out, because that's the way we handle matters in New Jersey!'"
The Star-Ledger's Dan Goldberg, who first reported the story, quipped, "Even while we know he's kidding (we hope), [power company] PSE&G employees might be sweating a little after hearing that one. And here's the punchline: Christie told that anecdote at a Moonachie church."
Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled for Feb. 2 at the Meadowlands, the home of both the Jets and the New York Giants, in North Jersey.
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