No bridge.

Gov. Christie talked about New Jersey's preparations for the Super Bowl and his own love of the Dallas Cowboys. He said Philadelphia could handle the big game as well.
Gov. Christie talked about New Jersey's preparations for the Super Bowl and his own love of the Dallas Cowboys. He said Philadelphia could handle the big game as well. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

Christie talks - football only

Posted: February 01, 2014

Calling in Thursday morning to a Philadelphia sports radio show, Gov. Christie gave his first live interview since the George Washington Bridge controversy erupted three weeks ago.

But the Republican governor faced no questions on Angelo Cataldi's show on 94 WIP Sportsradio about the allegations that have clouded the start of his second term. The hosts said ground rules were set and the conversation with Christie, which followed a discussion with a Playboy model about Friday's Wing Bowl, would stick to sports and the Super Bowl.

With the Super Bowl in East Rutherford on Sunday, Christie talked about the state's safety preparations and its rivalry with New York City - the two NFL teams with New York in front of their names actually play in New Jersey - and the precedent this weekend's event could set for other cold-weather cities looking to host a Super Bowl, including Philadelphia.

"We're happy to be the guinea pig," Christie said, adding, "I know that Philadelphia as a city is a place that can handle this, too."

He said the lead-up to Sunday has been "a tremendous amount of fun, I have to tell you."

Christie took some ribbing for being a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. "You want me to change like every other politician?" he said. "I understand Eagles fans and Giants fans in my state are not particularly happy with me." He predicted a win for Denver over Seattle after discussing the trouble he said the Seahawks would have in stopping a Peyton Manning-led offense.

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