Sen. Menendez, Sen. Booker, and East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella defend 'NJ' Super Bowl after Terry Bradshaw comments

New Jersey's elected officials say they want to make it clear that the big game is happening in their state, and not in New York.

New Jersey's elected officials say they want to make it clear that the big game is happening in their state, and not in New York.

New Jersey's elected officials say they want to make it clear that the big game is happening in their state, and not in New York. (1/23/14)

EAST RUTHERFORD - New Jersey's elected officials say they want to make it clear that the big game is happening in their state, and not in New York.

Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker and East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella held a press conference Thursday in response to popular sports broadcaster Terry Bradshaw's comments during Sunday's playoffs that he'd see the teams in New York.

"For all of the those geographically challenged, welcome to New Jersey," Menendez says. "Welcome to the home of Super Bowl XLVIII."

MetLife Stadium is located in East Rutherford, Media Day for the players will be held in Newark, and both the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will stay in Jersey City hotels.

The New Jersey State Police are in charge of security and Bergen County plows will be pushing snow if there is a storm on Super Bowl Sunday.

Yet, many New Jersey residents complain New York City is getting all the promotion. Even on the official program, the state gets little recognition.

"We are paying the bill from our first responders to thousands of security personnel," says Booker. "We are making sure this game goes off well."

Mayor Cassella said he was frustrated by Bradshaw's comments. "I scratched my head saying, 'Wait if he's in New York, he won't see anybody," he says. "The game is in East Rutherford, New Jersey."

Bradshaw has apologized. "I've tried not to be disrespectful to either. But you're right it's in New Jersey, but I've got a habit of saying New York," he said. "I will never refer to this Super Bowl as in New York from this day forward."

Mayor Cassella is worried restaurants like the Park Tavern and shops downtown won't reap the benefits of a Super Bowl. However, hotels in town are booked solid and rooms normally costing $130 are priced at over $400 for the game.

For the complete news conference, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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