All aboard the Giants train, making stops in New York and New Jersey
The Giants won in overtime last night, setting up a Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots in two weeks.
There must a political opportunity there, right?
Corey Johnson, the chairman of Manhattan's Community Board 4, noted both team's owners, and states, are supportive of same-sex marriage. (That is, if you count only the Tisch half of the Giants ownership team; the longer-tenured Mara side is considerably less liberal.)
Chris Christie is doing that New Jersey thing where he claims a New York team because it plays in his state, sending out a tweet congratulating the "New Jersey Giants." (That was followed by some unsportsmanlike jeering.) Maybe he can make a friendly bet with his chosen presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who used to be governor of Massachusetts.
The big game may focus more attention on a New Jersey congressman's recent announcement that he would seek to legalize sports gambling in his state.
Governor Andrew Cuomo sent out an official statement praising the team at 11:44 p.m.
State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos congratulated the team in a matter-of-fact tweet.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg cheered them on, using an appropriate hashtag.
Assemblyman Rory Lancman fired off an in-game analysis having to do with clock-management and his father-in-law.
Councilwoman Jessica Lappin unleashed her nervous energy on Twitter, sometimes not even bothering to note she was writing about a football game.
And Senators Chuck Schumer (who last year around this time was firmly on the Jets bandwagon) and Kirsten Gillibrand wore Giants jerseys.
"Mr. John Sidney McCain" and "Mr. Joseph Isadore Lieberman" were among the senators in Myanmar. [Myanmar.com]
Schumer and Gillibrand now focus on human-rights abuses in Syria. [Erin Durkin and Jennifer Cunningham]
Obama says the politics of foreign policy is easier than dealing with Congress because a "political circus that has come to dominate much of Washington applies less to the foreign policy arena."
Also: "The problem was that no matter how much golf we play [or] yukked it up, [Boehner] had trouble geting his caucus to go along with doing the responsible thing on a whole bunch of issues over the past year." [Fareed Zakaria]
"Romney's team expects the candidates to matter much less than the condition they face," and the signs are good for Romney. [Michael Scherer]
A conservative broadsheet warns Romney aides that they are making the same mistake John Kerry's did in 2004. [Wall Street Journal]
"Paul, Gringrich and Santorum al serve as effective foils for Romney" and their extended campaigns can make Romney look more moderate to general election voters, says a Republican consultant. [Mike Murphy]
There's definitely an anti-Romney candidate now. It's Gingrich. [Jeff Zeleny]
Gingrich's anti-establishment message includes attacking the media. [Jeremy Peters]
Romney's campaign confirmed Saturday, the day of the South Carolina primary, that he would participate in a debate in Florida. [Lynn Sweet]
Gingrich advertised on Drudge and will now start running ads in Florida. [Jim Rutenberg]
Florida is no South Carolina. [Trip Gabriel and Jeff Zeleny]
The D.N.C. noticed Carl Paladino's critique of Romney. [Michael Czin]
The real winner in South Carolina was Obama. [Thomas DeFrank]
"The Obamas truly feel like victims." [Maureen Dowd]
A Times columnist and resident "grand mentioner" of dreamed-of alternate political movements is looking for a third-party presidential candidate and someone who is "radically responsible, radically honest, radically demanding and radically aspirational." [Thomas Friedman]
"Dating Advice for Girly Girls," "He Stole My Weed" and "High Quality Dope" are blog entries that were posted on a site operated by Marc Cenedella, a Republican looking to run against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. A Cenedella spokesman suggested it was spam. [Raymond Hernandez]
Bloomberg: "The advantage of party loyalty is impossible to overstate." "Who could have thought John Liu being out of it?" "It's really hard to see the Democratic primary next year not being the real election." "It would be very hard for [Ray Kelly]. If he did, I think he'd be a phenomenal mayor." [David Seimfan]
Democratic challenger Mark Murphy has a long history with the former G.O.P. congressman who defeated his dad. [Tom Wrobleski]
A Republican-turned-Democratic former councilman from Brooklyn could connect with older voters, said a former Independence Party activist. [Jon Lentz]
"Steve Tisch (owner of the Giants) and Robert Kraft (owner of the Patriots) both support marriage equality. New York is the latest state to pass marriage equality and Massachusetts was the first state where it became the law in 2004. Here's to a Super Bowl with states and NFL owners that support equality!" [Corey Johnson]
A Democratic congressman will introduce legislation to legalize sports betting in New Jersey. [John Brennan]
A Democratic assemblyman who is redrawing legislatives lines here said Friday's Supreme Court ruling "reaffirms the legislative role in drawing up the maps as something that has to be taken seriously." [Thomas Kaplan]
A reader notes the Supreme Court case isn't exactly analogous to the situation in New York. [nynyny]
A conservative editorial board that sometimes sides with good-government groups against organization politics said the ruling makes clear that "The legislature, properly, gets the last word." [New York Post]
Ben Lawsky, New York State's superintendent at the Dept. of Finances sent out subpoenas to Morgan Stanley, Mortgage Capital Holdings and CitiMortgage and said, "Force-placed insurance appears to be the dirty little secret of the mortgage industry." [Gretchen Morgenson]
A teacher argues against Bloomberg's bonus pay, equating it to "tips." [Arthur Goldstein]
No deal, but no talk of a strike, in the negotiations between T.W.U. Local 100 and the M.T.A. [Christine Haughney]
A Manhattan Institue Fellow says the drilling industry is losing the public-relations war to fracking opponents. [Robert Bryce]
The F.B.I. took down a major piracy web site which listed as its C.E.O. Swizz Beatz, a music producer and husband of singer Alicia Keys. [Geoffrey Fowler, Christopher Stewart and Lucy Craymer]
Swizz Beatz's wife performed at an Oct. 20 Obama fund-raiser. [Lynn Sweet]
NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly sent a memo to cops reminding them not to use excuses in order to avoid reporting crimes. [Rocco Parascandola]
Cops refusing to report crimes was an A1 story in the Times last month. [Al Baker and Joseph Goldstein]
Bloomberg never cashed in his one-dollar paycheck from the city. [Sam Roberts]
Quinn asked why a building bought by Google last year saw a 17-percent tax hike. [David Seifman]
A new plan proposed by organized labor unions would enable them to maintain influence over the city pension board, rather than give it away to an independent official as proposed by Bloomberg and Liu. [Sally Goldenberg and Josh Margolin]
Marty Markowitz's car was attacked; he's fine. [Rebecca Harshbarger and Jamie Schram]
The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation paid the wife of its executive director $77,000 as a "consultant" whose "firm" is in the couple's home 30 miles away in Westchester. [Isabel Vincent an Melissa Klein]
Jay-Z's 40/40 Club was shutdown because of health violations. [Philip Messing and Kevin Fasick]
The C.E.O. of the company that makes Blackberry is stepping down. [Time.com]
YouTube's next innovation: channels. "In the land of abundance, it's the curator, not the creator, who is king". [Lev Grossman]
South Carolina, primary night. [James Estrin via Facebook]
A very young, and future Assemblyman, Richard Gottfried. [Debbie Ruttenbeg]
Discussing 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. [Rep. Carolyn Maloney]
"The first real snowfall of the winter." [Rep. Jose Serrano]
Rep. Nadler "spoke brilliantly as usual." [Sam Bodenheimer]
"General Lafayette has seen worse snowstorms." [Gerry O'Brien]
"Thanks to Stop and Shop for inviting me to their new store opening." [Assemblyman Michael Cusick]
"Welcome to Mosow: Stalin's Hotel Leningrad is now a helluva Hilton." [Michael Caputo]