Philadelphia Inquirer: Christie Ignores Backlash, Hopes to Attend Cowboys vs. Packers Playoff Game


"We're going to see. This is a lot of money, being paid for by somebody who is an owner of a team in the NFL. The NFL has wanted a lot of things in New Jersey," said Larry Noble, former general counsel for the Federal Election Commission and now senior counsel with the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog group in Washington.

The gifts create an impression of buying or attempting to buy influence or favor, he said. "Ethics laws are very much about impressions and appearances," Noble said.

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