Super Bowl 2014: NJ mayors may not provide security unless their cities are refunded

Posted at 10:30 PM, Feb 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-13 22:30:29-05

Every Sunday during the football season the NFL faithful flock to MetLife Stadium.
Whether they’re cheering for Big Blue or Mean Green, they spend plenty of green during the game.

But with MetLife getting set to host Super Bowl 48 next year, mayors from 5 neighboring towns are worried about the toll it will take on their communities.

“We just simply cannot afford our police department and our emergency services to be spending time there,” said Carlsdadt Mayor Will Roseman

The mayors say even thought their towns bear the brunt of the burden for hosting two NFL teams, they don’t see any revenue returned from the Giants, the Jets, or the NFL.  And if they don’t see some reimbursement for the services they’re expected to provide for the Super Bowl, they could boycott the big game.

“They’re looking for us to provide Fire, EMS, Police the day of and probably the week of the event, that’s something that I think we’ve all agreed we’re not going to do unless there is some kind of compromise here and there’s some kind of reimbursement back to us for the money that we spend,” said Seacaucus Mayor Mike Gonnelli

Seacaucus Mayor Mike Gonnelli and Carlsdadt Mayor Will Roseman started the charge.
Since then they’ve been joined by mayors from Little Ferry, Moonachie, and South Hackensack as well as Assemblyman Vincent Prieto.

“They’re giving the services, it needs to filter back to the municipalities,” said (D) NJ Assemblyman Vincent Prieto

And with New Jersey co-hosting the Super Bowl with New York, the mayors worry most of the hype and money will leave the Garden State.

“I think it’s been stated that a lot of things that you’re going to want to do are going to be done in New York.  So a lot of those things, we’re going to get little things that are left over,” said Moonachie Mayor Dennis Vaccaro.

The Jets did not respond to our request for comment, but in a statement, a spokesperson for the Giants said:

‘It is unfortunate that our neighbors would issue a press release of this nature at a time when most of the New Jersey and New York metropolitan region is working together to produce a great Super Bowl in February 2014 […] We are more than willing to meet with the mayors at any time to discuss their concerns and improve communications and relations.’

The mayors say they’ll meet with the CEO of MetLife Stadium and the head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, but no date has been set.

“I’m not saying that we’re not proud, but what we’re saying is that our constituency should not be contributing to the Jets and the Giants and the NFL’s profitability.”

At least not at the expense of their communities