Owner Woody Johnson would choose Mitt Romney election win over winning season for the Jets

Brian McIntyre
October 1, 2012

Where New York Jets owner Woody Johnson leans on the political spectrum is no secret. A report in the New York Post last November had Johnson donating over $100,000 to Republican candidates since 2009.

Johnson has not only appeared alongside Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney at campaign events, he's the campaign chair in New York and has been a driving force behind the Romney campaign's fundraising efforts.

When Johnson was asked during a Monday appearance on "Market Makers" on Bloomberg TV what was a bigger priority to him: a winning season for the Jets, who fell to 2-2 with a 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, or a winning election for Mitt Romney, Johnson, who was wearing a green tie, chose Romney.

"Well, I think you always have to put country first," he replied. "So I think it's very, very important that not only for us but particularly for our kids and grandkids that this election come off with Mitt Romney and [Paul] Ryan as president and vice-president."

As for Sunday's performance, like most members of the Jets organization, Johnson wasn't happy, notes Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.

"The coach and the coaches and I are not happy with what happened yesterday. And the players aren't either," Johnson said. "That performance is absolutely unacceptable."

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