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Chris Christie calls on pro sports leagues to save St. Anthony’s

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is trying to keep the streets of Jersey City more congested on school days.

The republican wants to be the guardian angel of the soon to be closed St. Anthony’s high school and has a plan to save it that wouldn’t cost him or the state a dime.

Appearing Friday on WFAN’s "Boomer and Carton" show, Christie challenged the commissioners of the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL to each cut a $125,000 check to the high school known for its legendary boys basketball program that hall of famer Bob Hurley leads.

Chris Christie calls on pro sports leagues to save St. Anthony's

"There’s got to be a wealthy person in the New York-New Jersey area who would write a half-a-million-dollar check to St. Anthony’s to help to endow that place, and I’m asking somebody who’s out there to do that because it’s an extraordinary place," Christie said. "If the commissioners of the four major sports – all headquartered in New York – if Bettman and Silver and Manfred and Goodell all got on a phone call today with each other and said, ‘We’ll kick in a hundred-and-a-quarter each,’ it’s done. That’s a great deal."

Hurley has said the school needs $500,000 in the bank and nearly $2 million to cover debts. He announced this week the institution will close in June because of declining attendance and rising costs.

St. Anthony’s has won 28 New Jersey state titles and four national championships. It has sent more than 150 players to Division I basketball programs.

With the Associated Press

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