As far as the New Jersey sports fan goes, it couldn’t be a more tailor-made weekend. The Yanks are playing the Phils in the Series. The Giants take on the Eagles Sunday, and even the Sixers face off against the Knicks on Saturday ( that’s right, I know some of you north jersey Knick fans are out there ).
New Jersey is literally in the middle of all of it, and many writers have tried with different degrees of success to tie the current election into some sort of all encompassing sports metephor. Suffice to say, that particularly in the series and with the NFL game ( smattering of Jets fans aside ) half of New Jersey is gonna be disappointed with the outcome.
How does that affect the Governor’s race? I have no idea. would disgruntled Phillies fans be less likely to vote, and therefore that favors the incumbent since there are more repubs in south j?? Sorta hard to start playing with the numbers on that one. More relevant for Chris Christie to win this thing is how many people go into that booth on Tuesday, can’t find Daggett’s name on the ballot, quickly lose their enthusiasm for the third party candidate, and wind up pulling the lever for Christie because they know they don’t like Corzine.
So what is a candidate to do? Corzine is White Sox fan. I don’t even know where to begin with that one. Christie is ( as we all probably know ) a huge Mets fan. I join him in that eternal suffering. I guess we’ve had some highs with the lows, but the last few seasons have been painful and watching their division rival Phillies take on the Evil Empire Yankees is enough to make a Mets fan spontaneously combust.
So, here is my cheesy conclusion: Ultimately, Met fans like me will watch the series because it’s great baseball. And any good politician can get away with making that argument when confronting Phillie fans in the south, and Yankee fans in the north. That’s not dodging the question, but stating the obvious.
And the great thing about baseball rivalries is that they are based on geography and personal history, not ideology.