The pro-Democrat super PAC American Bridge 21st Century is holding a cash-prize contest to get video footage of Chris Christie watching the Cowboys-Packers playoff game Sunday with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
“The video may be of Christie near, entering, or inside the stadium,” the contest rules state in fine print.
American Bridge, led by Media Matters founder David Brock, is trying to get one of its followers to capture raw video of Christie at the game. Christie sat in the booth with Jones last weekend when Dallas beat the Detroit Lions. The ensuing Internet clip of Christie hugging Cowboys owner Jerry Jones went viral. Jones called Christie a key part of the Cowboys’ “mojo” (a Texas football term). Sportswriters expressed confusion as to why New Jersey’s Christie was rooting for Dallas (Christie called himself a “lifelong Cowboys fan” in a statement). Some on the Internet likened the two to “gay lovers.”
But the left-wing activist network took it one step further and tried to gin up a criminal conspiracy. The American Democracy Legal Fund, run by former Democratic National Committee spokesman and current American Bridge president Brad Woodhouse, drafted up a meaningless criminal complaint accusing Christie of “extortion” because Jones paid for Christie’s air travel and tickets to the game, priced between $2,500 and $3,000, and also happens to invest in a company that got a contract with the New York and New Jersey Port Authority two years ago to set up an observation deck on the new World Trade Center.
Likely presidential candidate Christie, unfazed by the controversy and related video contest, showed up at Lambeau Sunday afternoon after making a point to pay for his own travel.