New Jersey state lawmaker wants Super Bowl in the Garden State

The Republican leader of the New Jersey state Senate wants the Super Bowl played in his home state.

State Sen. Tom Kean (R) introduced a resolution on Thursday calling on the National Football League (NFL) to select New Jersey as the location of the championship game in 2014.

“New Jersey offers the best venue for the Super Bowl, period,” Kean said in a statement. “We have the image, logistics and ambiance that is unparalleled in the world and the millions of diehard fans in this region would do everything in their power to make Super Bowl XLVIII the biggest, most talked about game in the history of the NFL."

The Super Bowl is typically played in warm-weather cities or in domed stadiums.

But the New York Giants and the New York Jets, which both play in New Jersey, will open a new, state-of-the-art stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. next season. 

“The NFL championship of 1958 is known as the ‘Greatest Game Ever Played’ and it was decided at Yankee Stadium,” Kean said. “It’s time to bring the game of American football back to its roots in the Northeast.”

A New Jersey Super Bowl bid would have to be submitted by Apr. 1 and the NFL will announce the winning city in May.