Officials with the NFL teams, New York Jets and the New York Giants have filed an injuction on June 22nd to block construction from resuming on the American Dream Meadowlands project being built in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The teams, which share the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, cited traffic impact on their game days from the project in their injuction on the currently unapproved water and amusement park.
East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella was quick to comment on the matter calling the teams "greedy" and "selfish" for putting their interests ahead of the taxpayers. "These are many of the same people who pay thousands of dollars to buy Personal Seat Licenses (PSLs) for Giants and Jets, just to have the chance to see a game. These are the same people who buy Giants and Jets paraphernalia, and the two teams want to deny them the right to earn a living" Cassella said.
The County Executive Kathleen Donovan also commented saying that she will be reviewing all tax breaks given to the teams and that they were in effect attempting to create a monopoly over the building of themed dining and entertainment in the city. "The Giants and the Jets have $1.6 billion invested in this stadium," said John K. Mara, president of the New York Giants, "and we canít afford to make it more difficult for our fans to get in and out of here on game days."
Construction stopped three years ago after more than $1.9 billion had been spent on the project. In 2010 N.J. Governor Chris Christie and the park developer Triple Five announced plans for a new design that would expand the mall and the parks to 7.5 million square feet.