As the Nets played their final game in Newark on Monday before leaving for Brooklyn, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did not wish them a fond farewell.
On Monday night, the Nets played their final game in the Garden State after 35 years, and Christie told reporters at Newark Beth Israel Hospital that if the Nets want to leave, they will not be missed.
"I'm not going to the Nets game tonight, and my message to them is 'Goodbye!'" said Christie. "You don't want to stay, we don't want you. I mean, seriously, I'm not going to be in the business of begging people to stay here. That's one of the most beautiful arenas in America they have a chance to play in, it's in one of the country's most vibrant cities, and they want to leave here and go to Brooklyn? Good riddance, see you later"
Organizers at the Barclays Center in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn said the new arena will also be beautiful by the time the Nets move for next season.
Tickets go on sale next week.