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Coach's work ethic crosses party lines

Even Gov. Christie -- a die-hard Jets fan -- marvels as Coughlin celebrates second title

Updated: February 8, 2012, 9:56 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The pep rally was complete, and a New York Jets fan named Chris Christie stopped in a loading dock area outside MetLife Stadium to talk about the enemy coach, Tom Coughlin, and a commitment to excellence that transcends all team loyalties.

The governor of New Jersey wanted the ticker-tape parade -- not just the pep rally -- in the Garden State, and more than that, he wanted his Jets to be the ones riding high in the floats. Christie predicted his team would ...

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