Unlikely American Dream will be completed in time for Super Bowl, Christie says

TOMS RIVER – Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday it is unlikely the American Dream project – tied up in litigation involving New York’s two football teams – will be completely open in time for next year’s Super Bowl.

He said that the NFL’s Jets and Giants have been involved with the developer and the state in talks for well over a year and have not been able to reach an amicable resolution.

The massive development project in the Meadowlands might have some parts operational by the time the game is played, but with approximately 200 days left before the Super Bowl is held in East Rutherford, “We are within the window now where it is very difficult to have anything significant open in time,’’ Christie said in answering a question about prospects for the project’s completion.

The teams sued over the project, which at one time was known as Xanadu. It has undergone much change and now includes mixed uses that would feature 300 shops, a fine dining restaurant and an amusement park, but environmentalists also have criticized the project.

Unlikely American Dream will be completed in time for Super Bowl, Christie says