While those in the political arena have pegged New Jersey governor Chris Christie as a possible presidential candidate in 2016, Christie let slip on Friday another job for which he'd love to be a candidate.
Christie, a lifelong New York Mets fans, said he'd "love" to be general manager of the Mets. That's a gig that doesn't come with the "most powerful man in the world" reputation, but it does come with plenty of scrutiny. You don't get a team of highly trained bodyguards like the Secret Service, but you can probably hang out with Mr. Met whenever you want.
In a radio interview with New York City jocks Boomer and Carton on WFAN, Christie said:
"I would love to be general manager of the Mets. And if Sandy would put his crap in boxes and get out of there now, I'd be happy to go there right now if they needed me."
Alderson's tenure with the Mets hasn't been all that productive thus far. The Mets are 246-286 since Alderson took over before the 2011 season. They haven't made the playoffs or finished above .500. As a fan, Christie knows the product has been subpar and didn't shy away from talking about it on the air.
"I texted my son after they lost one of the games this week and said, 'It is impossible to watch,'" the governor said. "It is impossible to watch. When you care about them as much as I do and a lot of Mets fans do, it’s just so hard to watch sometimes."
Obviously President of the United States is the more prestigious job, but if Christie's not going that direction, it's never too early to start angling for the next gig. Heck, maybe Christie can jump into the running for next MLB commissioner.
If Ruben Amaro Jr. is in the conversation, the company can't be that exclusive.
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