Christie was present at a packed ceremony in Times Square, as was New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, New York Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
The contingency from the hosting committee (a joint effort between N.Y. and N.J.) passed the proverbial torch to Brewer, as Arizona will host next year’s Super Bowl.
Currently at the center of controversy due to a lane closing scandal on the George Washington Bridge; Christie spoke briefly over a chorus of boos and hecklers at the event.
"Thank you very much to all of our patrons. The NFL, the team owners, look forward to handing it off to Arizona," said Christie. "I was proud to be in New Orleans last year to accept the hand off on behalf of the region and we look forward to hosting everybody in this group that's got a ticket tomorrow to watch the greatest sports spectacle in the world.”
The ceremony comes only one day after Port Authority official David Wildstein claimed he could prove Christie had knowledge of the actions that lead to delays on the George Washington Bridge; something Christie has repeatedly denied.
Christy spoke for only a few minutes; and was whisked away after the ceremony. He did not take any questions.