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Published April 10, 1995
NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman told New York's WNBC-TV that if the Yankees move to the Meadowlands, they should change their name to the New Jersey Yankees, and that the Jets and Giants should follow suit. Whitman said she is "determined" to have the two "New York" football teams that play at the NJ-state-owned Giants Stadium adopt New Jersey's name. According to Whitman spokesperson Rita Manno, the comments "were intended to be heard" by Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner. Whitman said yesterday "the door is open" for the Yankees to move to the Meadowlands, where the state has offered the team a deal for a new stadium. According to Manno, Whitman's remarks "grew out of the frustration that New Jersey isn't given the respect it deserves," and that teams that play in NJ "ought to have some link to the title of the state" (Mark Mooney, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/10). LAST PARAGRAPH BEFORE TOLL: The USBL's newest team will be called the "New Jersey Turnpikes" and will begin play this season in Hoboken (WASHINGTON POST, 4/10).