Gov. Christie calls for New Jersey victory parade

Posted Jan. 18, 2012 @ 2:07 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Imagine a ticker-tape parade carousing through the streets of Newark. It doesn't quite have the same ring as a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in downtown Manhattan, but that's the image New Jersey governor Chris Christie brought to mind during his appearance on the "Today" show, according to The Star-Ledger.

While victorious New York teams typically have held their celebrations in downtown Manhattan, Christie said that the Giants, if they are able to beat the 49ers and the AFC champions, should hold their victory celebration in New Jersey, since their home stadium and training facility are in the Meadowlands. The Giants have played in New Jersey since 1976. Before then, they played mainly at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, as well as Shea Stadium in Queens while their new stadium was constructed in the Meadowlands.

When host Matt Lauer pointed out that the logo on the Giants' helmets reads "NY," Christie rebutted, "That's about it."

Always awkwardly placed between the Meadowlands of New Jersey and the crowded thoroughfares of New York City, the Giants dealt with that situation in 2008 with a compromise. After defeating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, they held a rally at Giants Stadium before descending down the Canyon of Heroes for their victory parade. Whether that solution would please Christie, who is a Jets fan anyway, remains to be seen.