Jerry Jones said there is one person he needs to be in Green Bay this weekend to help the Cowboys beat the Packers in an NFC Divisional playoff game.
Not Tony Romo. Not Dez Bryant. Not DeMarco Murray.
It's New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has become one of the most visible fans of the Cowboys (thanks in part to the lucky XXL orange sweater he wears) and, Jones believes, one of the reasons for their success.
"He's part of our mojo," Jones said Tuesday during his weekly radio interview in Dallas. "I want him there all the way. I'll tell you, if he's got enough mojo to pull this thing out, he ought to be looked at as President of the United States."
Christie has attended five Cowboys games this season and the team is 5-0. He was in Jones' luxury box at AT&T Stadium on Sunday for the Wild Card win over the Lions. TV cameras showed him awkwardly hugging and celebrating with Jones and other Cowboys executives when the team scored the game-winning touchdown. He also was seen in the post-game locker room congratulating players in a video posted on the team's website.
Beyond the blowback over his fanhood from New Jersey supporters of the Eagles and Giants - two of Dallas' fiercest rivals - Christie's attachment to the Cowboys may have actual political consequences. According to the International Business Times, Christie might have violated state ethics rules in accepting a plane ride and tickets from Jones to the game. Public officials have a "zero tolerance policy for acceptance of gifts," from people who have business with the politician. The IBT also reported that government documents show "Christie personally pushed the Port Authority to approve a lucrative contract for a firm part-owned by Jones."
Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts told NJ.com that Jones paid for Christie and his family to attend the Wild Card game in Dallas. The Code of Conduct for the Governor says the governor, "may accept gifts, favors, services, gratuities, meals, lodging or travel expenses from relatives or personal friends that are paid for with personal funds."
Jones appears poised to use those personal funds once again to keep his good luck charm by his side.
"I don't know how we in any way can even think about going up there without having him with the way we're playing and the mojo," Jones said on the radio. "I know I'm doing everything else the same way I've been doing it for several weeks."