Meet the Mets! Former Gov. Chris Christie joins club’s Board of Directors

Posted Mar 19, 2021

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is adding a new line to his resume, joining the New York Mets’ Board of Directors.

Also joining the board is Jeanne Melino, who is chief inclusion and engagement officer at Point72, the hedge fund founded by Mets owner Steve Cohen.

“Chris and Jeanne are friends and trusted advisers with decades of leadership experience,” Cohen said Friday. “I welcome them both to the Board and I look forward to working with them on behalf of our fans, our community and the team.”

The Mets also released a statement from Christie:

“I am honored to be named to the Mets Board of Directors. Steve and Alex Cohen have been great friends to me and Mary Pat for years and we thank them for including me in this new challenge and opportunity. As a Mets fan for the last 53 years, I am looking forward to helping Steve, Alex and the New York Mets organization bring a great experience to Mets fans and the community.”

Christie, 58, and Melino join Steve Cohen, Chairman Emeritus Fred Wilpon, and Mets Vice Chairman Andrew Cohen on the board.

That Christie would join the Mets comes as little surprise. Christie is a lifelong die-hard Mets fan and has long been friends with Cohen.

The Cohens contributed $6 million to America Leads, the super political action committee supporting Christie’s campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. That was more than anyone else, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Wilpon, who sold the franchise to Cohen, contributed $100,000.

A former catcher a former catcher on the Livingston High School baseball team, Christie said in 2014 he would “love” to be the Mets’ GM.

During a Republican presidential debate in 2015, he demonstrated support for his favorite team by wearing Mets cufflinks.

In 2016, he visited Mets spring training as a guest of the Wilpons.

His son, Andrew Christie — a former catcher for the Princeton University baseball team — works for the Mets’ player development department.

And Christie isn’t just a baseball fan. He’s enjoyed a very public bromance with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Christie also has filled in as a host on WFAN on several occasions. In fact, at one point, he was rumored to be in the running to replace Mike Francesa.

In January, Christie signed up to be a “regular contributor” to WFAN drive-time voice Craig Carton’s new weekend show which focuses on gambling addiction and responsible gaming.

In a 2019 story by the New Yorker, it was revealed that Christie was one of Carton’s friends who stood by the shock jock after the radio personality was found guilty in 2018 of running a Ponzi-like ticket-brokering scheme.

Christie, now a television commentator for ABC News and a Washington lobbyist, hasn’t ruled out running for president again, has hinted about running for president again, in 2024 — even if former President Donald Trump does, as well.

“I would not rule it out,” Christie said in December.

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