Back in late June, the New York Giants and New York Jets filed a united lawsuit against the American Dream Meadowlands Project, headed up by developer Triple Five. The lawsuit stated that the scope of the project, a mega-mall each team initially signed off on, far exceeds the original agreement and would negatively impact their fans compute, parking and tailgate experiences on game-day.
Immediately following the filing of the lawsuit, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was quick to lash out at the owners of each team, saying that's "not the way business should be done." On Tuesday, he took it a step further saying the lawsuit filed by the two New York teams was "anti-New Jersey."
"Because they've taken this kind of aggressive action, thousands of people cannot get to work on that property," said Christie. "[It's] anti-New Jersey."
Christie alleges that the two teams stood to benefit from a "sweetheart deal" afforded to them by then-Gov. Richard J. Codey, and that said "sweetheart deal" should no longer be in place. In other words, what the Giants and Jets initially agreed to should be void, and the developers should now be allowed to kick-start development without the old deal or a new deal being in place.
Christie also noted, for a second time, that although their uniforms read "New York," owners from each team should consider "what's best for New Jersey." Because, apparently, the New Meadowlands Stadium which the teams opted to keep in New Jersey is of no benefit to the state whatsoever.
The completed project is expected to draw 40-55 million people annually.
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