Ethics question in Jerry Jones' plane ride for Chris Christie | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ethics question in Jerry Jones' plane ride for Chris Christie

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 3:11 PM

click to enlarge YEE-HAW: Happy times in Dallas with Jerry Jones and Chris Christie - SCREEN SHOT/D MAGAZINE
  • screen shot/D magazine
  • YEE-HAW: Happy times in Dallas with Jerry Jones and Chris Christie
Ah, now I see why Jerry Jones has been flying New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Dallas Cowboy games and why the presidential candidate gave Rose City's favorite son a big hug on a Cowboy victory.

From Media Matters:

Christie's appearance at a Dallas Cowboys game as a guest of owner Jerry Jones in his personal suite is "proving to be controversial." As reported by The Washington Post Christie flew to Dallas and accepted the ticket to the game at the expense of the Cowboys' owner, who just so happens to have a business relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey." Christie's NFL experience may have been worth more than $100,000, and "his acceptance of a gift from a business owner with ties to the Port Authority" raises concerns about possible conflicts of interest in the governor's private and political life.

As The Wall Street Journal reported, Jones is a direct investor in a deal with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey worth $875 million. Jones is a partial owner of Legends Hospitality, the company recently selected to operate the observation deck of the One World Trade Center, operated by the Port Authority which is jointly controlled by Christie. As David Sirota of the International Business Times, points out, the deal is linked to support from Governor Christie: 

Karl Rove has been trying to cover for the Cowboy owner and his big fan by dredging up a long-debunked smear on Hillary Clinton, Media Matters notes.

Terry Bradshaw says, by the way, that people in the Fox studio were appalled at the sight of Christie hugging Jones. And Rush Limbaugh is piling on, too.

Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • UPDATE: Amazon's HQ2: Today is Little Rock's big reveal. Likely a no-go

    Thinking positive in advance of Little Rock's announcement of its response to Amazon's request for bids to host a new headquarters. Perhaps it will just be an announcement for a new city promotional campaign.
    • Oct 19, 2017
  • UA is higher on Hogs financially this year

    The football team is off to a rocky start, but the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is nonetheless getting an added financial bonus from athletic efforts.
    • Oct 19, 2017
  • If Cotton tapped for CIA, then what?

    Times columnist Jay Barth speculates this week on the fallout should Sen. Tom Cotton be appointed as Donald Trump's CIA director (itself only speculation at this point).
    • Oct 19, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Charter school accountability: Non-existent in Arkansas

    A state audit finds charter school spending violated state law, but the state Education Department says it has no responsibility for ensuring proper management of charter schools. Say what?
    • Mar 5, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Policy group urges opposition to new charter seats in Little Rock

    The Arkansas Public Policy Panel is urging supporters of the Little Rock School District to tell state Board of Education members they oppose applications to be heard this week to dramatically expand the number of charter school seats in the Little Rock School District.
    • Mar 9, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

  • UPDATE: Amazon's HQ2: Today is Little Rock's big reveal. Likely a no-go

    Thinking positive in advance of Little Rock's announcement of its response to Amazon's request for bids to host a new headquarters. Perhaps it will just be an announcement for a new city promotional campaign.
  • If Cotton tapped for CIA, then what?

    Times columnist Jay Barth speculates this week on the fallout should Sen. Tom Cotton be appointed as Donald Trump's CIA director (itself only speculation at this point).
  • Little Rock to reveal bid for Amazon headquarters

    Thursday is the deadline for cities to make a pitch for Amazon's second headquarters and Little Rock will unveil its proposal at a 10:30 a.m. news conference Thursday in the Venture Center in the city's Technology Park development on Main Street.
  • Ole Miss apologizes to Houston Nutt, settles his lawsuit

    Tom Mars, attorney for Houston Nutt, the former Arkansas and Ole Miss football coach, called my attention this morning to news that Nutt had settled his lawsuit against Ole Miss officials for speaking negatively about him despite a no-disparagement agreement with the school following his departure as head coach.
  • Environmental group finds agricultural chemicals in Arkansas drinking water

    The Environmental Working Group released a report this week that asserts that the drinking water for about 200,000 Arkansans contains unsafe levels of chemicals related to industrial agriculture. Another environmental group has used the occasion to call for Tyson Foods to do something about it.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation