New Jersey Governor Perfectly Fine With Nets Leaving For Brooklyn
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is perfectly content with the New Jersey Nets relocating to Brooklyn after this season, which ended Monday night.
“I’m not going to the Nets game (Monday night) and my message to the Nets is ‘goodbye,’ ” Chris Christie said Monday, according to The Associated Press. “They want to leave here and go to Brooklyn? Good riddance.”
Christie sounds like he is upset with the team leaving to play their home games in rival New York. I cannot imagine anyone in New Jersey is happy about it and Christie’s reaction is exactly what I would expect from someone who is supposed to be the voice of the people.
“(The Prudential Center is) one of the most beautiful arenas in America they have a chance to play in, it’s in one of the country’s most vibrant cities, and they want to leave here and go to Brooklyn?” Christie asked. “Good riddance, see you later. I think there’ll be some other NBA team who may be looking to relocate and they might look at that arena and the fan base in the New Jersey and New York area and say, ‘This is an opportunity to increase our fan base and try something different.’ ”
The Nets are leaving the vibrant city that is New Jersey after spending 35 years there (last two were in Newark) and moving to Brooklyn where they will play home games in the brand-new, state-of-the-art $1 billion Barclays Center.
The Nets had an NBA record of 1,186-1,634 and made 16 postseason appearances, twice reaching the Finals in 2002-2003, while they were in New Jersey. Their .421 winning percentage may show the Nets were overall not very good but there is no doubt they had some solid teams during their tenure.
There are several players, coaches and executives who may understand Christie’s comments but certainly do not agree with them.
“He said good riddance to the Nets?” Derrick Coleman, former No. 1 overall pick in 1990, asked. “He must not like basketball. My time here was great for me. It’s sad being 35 years that the franchise was here in New Jersey and to really be a part of that and knowing that it is not going to be here anymore, it’s a sad day just for the people here in New Jersey.”
New Jersey gave the Nets a proper send off with several former players, team owners, executives and Drazen Petrovic’s mother making appearances for one last goodbye.
As far as the fans, they will stick with their team for now, even if they are playing in a different city. Well, every fan but Christie that is, who will be doing whatever he can to get a new team to move into the Prudential Center.