As for Christie, I sure as sh!t never meant to imply that his being a Rangers fan would affect my vote one way or another. That wasn't my point. Not in the slightest. I think it's great that he is a genuine sports fan and respects the Devils. But that being said, if he's really that knowledgeable about the franchise, he's gotta know how hard it has been for them to carve out a niche in this area, especially with their arena being a stone's throw away from Manhattan. It's been hard enough as it is trying to overcome all of these N.J. Rangers fan families passing the NYR torch from one generation to the next -- even after 30 years. If the guv really understood what the Devs and their fans have to put up with on a daily basis and if he cared about them at all, the least he could do is tone it down a notch with his public paeans to the Blueshirts.
He's a politician, so you can never truly trust what he says. But I will say this for him, he stands behind his convictions, rightly or wrongly, and when it comes to his sports teams, he is a legit fan and is not afraid to act like it. In that sense, he seems genuine to me, which I respect and is refreshing in some sense, even though I absolutely hate every team he roots for.
Plus, look at where you hear about his love of the Rags...Boomer and Carton's show. That show is the worst common denominator of sports talk radio. He's playing to the 2 idiots sitting next to him going on about the storied history of the Garden, the era of Rod Gilbert, and the best team ever assembled in the history of the sport...the 1994 NY Rangers.
The fact of the matter is that this is the golden age of hockey for the NY Rangers and their fans...and then best they are going to get from it is bunch of 2nd round exits and a loss in the ECF against their rivals.