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Governor Chris Christie Tops List Of Most Influential Sports Figures In New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE topped a list of the most influential figures in sports in the state following his "taking on the four major professional sports leagues, the NCAA and the federal government in hopes to legalize sports betting in the state," according to Steve Politi of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Christie was a key player in the handling of the recent situation at Rutgers and also "figures to be a visible presence" when Super Bowl XLVIII is played at MetLife Stadium (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 8/18).

MOST-INFLUENTIAL FIGURES IN NEW JERSEY SPORTS
RANK
PERSON POSITION
1
Chris Christie Governor
2
John Mara Giants President & CEO
3
Jim Delany Big Ten Commissioner
4
Tom Coughlin Giants coach
5
Kyle Flood Rutgers football coach
6
Lou Lamoriello Devils President, CEO & GM
7
Julie Hermann Rutgers AD
8
Eric LeGrand Paralyzed former Rutgers football player
9
Al Kelly Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee CEO
10
Steve Timko NJSIAA Exec Dir
11
Woody Johnson Jets Owner
12
Josh Harris Devils co-Owner
13
Bob Hurley Sr. St. Anthony (HS) Basketball Coach
14
Eli Manning Giants QB
15
Martin Brodeur Devils G
16
Eddie Jordan Rutgers men's basketball coach
17
Robert Barchi Rutgers President
18
Rex Ryan Jets coach
19
Jerry Reese Giants GM
20
Mike Petke Red Bulls coach
21
Val Ackerman Big East Commissioner
22
Dennis Drazin Monmouth Park operator
23
Kevin Willard Seton Hall men's basketball coach
24
Jabrill Peppers Paramus (HS) football DB
25
Ray Lesniak State Senator

 

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