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Chris Christie to Nets: ‘Good Riddance’

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 23:  Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets and Nikola Vucevic #8 of the Philadelphia 76ers fight for control of the opening tip-off at Prudential Center on April 23, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Tonight's game is the last home game the Nets will play in New Jersey since the franchise will being moving to play at the Barclays Center in the New York City Borough of Brooklyn for the 2012-13 NBA season. starting in theNOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images) The opening tip-off at the Nets' last home game in New Jersey.

So, the Nets played their last home game in New Jersey last night, a 105-87 loss to Philadelphia in which the Sixers locked up a playoff berth. It was the end of an era that saw a few highs — the Nets played in back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 — but also saw plenty of lows. Last night was the Nets' fourth-straight sellout, and unlike the previous three, the arena wasn't dominated by fans of the opposing team. But New Jersey governor Chris Christie wasn't among the 18,711 in attendance, and before the game, he had a pretty clear message for the franchise, which will be relocating to Brooklyn next season: "Good riddance."

Via ESPN:

"I'm not going to the Nets game (Monday night) and my message to the Nets is 'goodbye,' " Chris Christie said Monday, according to The Associated Press. "They want to leave here and go to Brooklyn? Good riddance."

And here's some more from Christie, talking up Newark and its arena:

"(The Prudential Center is) one of the most beautiful arenas in America they have a chance to play in, it's in one of the country's most vibrant cities, and they want to leave here and go to Brooklyn?" Christie asked. "Good riddance, see you later. I think there'll be some other NBA team who may be looking to relocate and they might look at that arena and the fan base in the New Jersey and New York area and say, 'This is an opportunity to increase our fan base and try something different.'"

Christie's right about one thing: The Prudential Center is a great building. But as we've written before, we wouldn't count on Newark landing another NBA team anytime soon.

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