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Chris Christie Defends Tom Brady: People Are Just Jealous of His ‘Almost Too Perfect’ Life.

AMHERST, N.H. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. The Garden State boss and potential presidential hopeful burned through $85,000 in taxpayer cash on entertainment in luxury boxes at sports arenas between 2010 and 2012, the Associated Press reported. “The money came from an account, worth $95,000 a year, that Christie can use to pay for official entertainment or other expenses associated with his job,” according to the report, based on documents the AP obtained via the Garden State’s open records law.When the New Jersey governor saw headlines regarding the NFL’s report on the scandal – which was released Wednesday and states that the New England Patriots quarterback was likely aware of the deflated footballs – he shrugged off the finding as people seeing green. “So here’s Tom Brady – great-looking guy, wealthy beyond imagination, married to Gisele Bündchen and four Super Bowl” wins, Christie told reporters Thursday during a press conference in New Hampshire.

Christie, the likely Republican presidential candidate, disregarded Ted Wells’ Deflate Gate report which claimed Brady was “generally aware” of deflated footballs. So what does the potential 2016 contender think of the region’s home football team and the reported involvement of quarterback Tom Brady in Deflategate? “I would certainly give him the benefit of the doubt on this — and I say that as a Cowboys fan,” Christie said in a sit-down with the Globe’s James Pindell. “I’m more than happy to hear from Tom Brady on this and hear what he’s got to say.” “I don’t think anybody should be saying that the Patriots wouldn’t have won the Superbowl. . . if not for the talent of Tom Brady, the talent of Bill Belichick,” Christie said. “We should all just take a deep breath,” Christie said. “I think all of this is, I was going to say overblown, but that might be a bad word play,” he quipped. A Dallas Cowboys fan (to the deep chagrin of his New Jersey constituents), Christie waved away the conclusions of the NFL investigation into so-called “Deflategate,” saying the Wells report struck him as “a lot of ‘probablys’ and ‘maybes.'”

Christie, a lifelong Cowboys fan, told IJReview in Manchester, New Hampshire, which is about 80 miles from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. “I mean, I don’t think anybody’s really trying to say that Tom Brady won four Super Bowls or became a future Hall of Famer because the balls were a little under-inflated. “I think the media and others love, for somebody who’s married to a beautiful model, who’s richer than you can imagine, and who’s a future Hall of Famer, to take a couple shots at him — people like that every once in a while. Furthermore, Christie said Brady is simply a public target. “I have no reason to believe that he lied or cheated,” Christie said, speaking in New Hampshire. “You know, people in public life wind up becoming targets for various reasons. But he said he instructed the state Republican party to take over the costs in 2012 so that nobody could accuse him of spending tax dollars on politics.

The response to the open-records request didn’t specify which events Christie personally hosted and who else attended. “The official nature and business purpose of the event remains the case regardless of whether the event is at the State House, Drumthwacket, or at a sporting venue,” a Christie spokesman, Kevin Roberts, told the AP in a statement Thursday. Christie held events in early voting New Hampshire this week as a poll of his own state’s voters showed few are convinced he could capture the 2016 GOP nomination if he ran. A report released earlier in the week said it was “more probable than not” that team staffers were involved in an effort to improperly let air out from game balls used during the AFC championship game and that it was “more probable than not” that Mr.

Brady said Thursday evening that the Patriots‘ Super Bowl win was not tainted, but did not venture into specifics involving the report from investigator Ted Wells.

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