So if a team nobody cares about leaves your state, does anyone notice? Well, one person who doesn’t care is Governor Christie, who lets the soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets know not to let the door hit them on their way out.
The Nets and the state of New Jersey are are all set to bid each other a tearful goodbye this week. Or not.
The Nets are scheduled to play their final home game in the state on Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers before moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2012-2013 season. To mark the historic night, New Jersey’s Govornor said he couldn’t care less.
On a video uploaded to his official YouTube channel, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie torched the Nets for their decision to abandon his state, where the franchise has played since 1977.
“I’m not going to the Nets game tonight and my message to the Nets is goodbye,” Christie said, shrugging his shoulders and drinking from a water bottle as an audience applauded and laughed. “If you don’t want to stay, we don’t want you. Seriously, I’m not going to be in the business of begging people to stay here. That’s one of the most beautiful arenas in America that they’ve had a chance to play in. It’s in one of the country’s most vibrant cities.
“They want to leave here and go to Brooklyn? Good riddance. See you later.”