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Super Bowl Fuels Passionate Cross-River Rivalry

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New York and New Jersey are technically co-hosts of the upcoming Super Bowl, and fans on both sides of the Hudson are staking their claims on the big game. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.

The first shots in the battle of Super Bowl XLVIII were fired mere moments after New York and New Jersey were awarded the game.

"I'm looking out this door this is New Jersey, and I look where that stadium is, and it's in New Jersey," said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Sure the stadium where the game itself will be played is in East Rutherford. Even if most people have no idea where that is. But most of the events associated with the big game are happening here in the city like Super Bowl Boulevard, which will take over a big stretch of Broadway.

"They're gonna party in New York, and they're just gonna hop on New Jersey transit or shuttle and go out and watch the game," said one New Yorker.

Because of that many believe it's fair to call this New York's Super Bowl.

"If you look at any of the promotions or anything, they're not showing the Newark skyline right? They're showing the Empire State Building," said one New Yorker.

To be fair, NY1 went to Penn Station to see what people who ride New Jersey Transit had to say. As one might expect, they view it differently.

"New Jersey deserves respect because we're the one holding it. If it wasn't for that stadium, then there would be no Super Bowl," said one New Jersey resident.

"Because it's being played in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey," said another New Jersey resident.

Some New Jerseyans or New Jerseyites or whatever you call people from New Jersey know exactly who they want to blame for this perception problem: The media.

"The media's the media," said one New Jersey resident. "All the media's based for the most part out of New York."

Still, maybe cross river rivals can share the distinction of host, at least to a point.

"We can share it, but I still consider it a New York Super Bowl," said one New Yorker.

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