Notre Dame men’s basketball was able to snap a losing streak when they played Rutgers, and in the stands Saturday night during the game was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The University presented Christie a check for more than $10,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
“Extraordinary. Mike called me after the storm, said they wanted to do something with the basketball program and the university wanted to do something to try to raise money for the victims,” Christie explained, “We picked this weekend with Rutgers out here to have us come out. It’s incredible generosity by the Notre Dame community.”
It was also a personal visit for the governor, a self-proclaimed Irish fan and an old friend of Irish Head Coach Mike Brey.
Christie and Brey have been friends now for over 15 years. Their friendship began when Brey was the head coach at the University of Delaware, the New Jersey governor and his wife’s alma mater.
But despite being an Irish fan and a friend of the coach, Governor Christie donned a Princeton University shirt to the basketball game. When asked why, he replied,
“Well listen, it’s a tough night for me tonight. I’m the Governor of New Jersey, and a great Irish fan, so you know, I decided to wear the Princeton shirt which is where my oldest son goes. I figured since I spend my money there I might as well wear the shirt.”
Christie says he and his family love coming Notre Dame, they visited last year for a football game, and his oldest daughter has started considering the school as a potential college to apply to.