NJ Gov. Christie is still a Dallas Cowboys fan

In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photograph, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, right, D-N.J., listens as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering in Lincoln Park, N.J. Christie faces a significant decision on who should succeed the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg. For Christie, the choice carries major political implications for his re-election campaign and, perhaps, a future presidential run. Republicans and Democrats alike will be watching Christie’s next moves closely. But for the governor with an independent streak, there’s no telling what he will do. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file)

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie surprised some schoolchildren when he told them his favorite football team is the Dallas Cowboys.

His pronouncement Tuesday at a school in central New Jersey drew shouts, gasps and some boos.

But his love of the Cowboys is no secret. In 2010, the then-rookie governor proclaimed his favorite sports teams to be the Cowboys, the New York Mets, the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers.

Christie says those are teams he grew up rooting for.

The governor, now running for re-election, joked that being a Cowboys fan “is not the smartest thing for the governor of New Jersey to be.”

The Cowboys are hated division rivals of both the Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles, which also have a big New Jersey fan base.

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