Super Bowl snub? N.J. pols say NFL program ignores host state

     MetLife Stadium is shown in this Dec. 1, 2013 aerial photo in East Rutherford, N.J. The stadium, home to the New York Jets and New York Giants football teams, is the scheduled host site for Super Bowl XLVIII. The New York skyline is on the horizon. (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

    MetLife Stadium is shown in this Dec. 1, 2013 aerial photo in East Rutherford, N.J. The stadium, home to the New York Jets and New York Giants football teams, is the scheduled host site for Super Bowl XLVIII. The New York skyline is on the horizon. (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

    Football fans who think they’re coming to New York City for the Feb. 2 Super Bowl are in for a surprise.

    The game is being played in New Jersey.

    Some angry New Jersey politicians say you’d never know it, judging by the promotional materials from the NFL.

    Anger over the lack of New Jersey mentions in promoting the game reached a fever pitch this week, when the NFL unveiled its design for the official game program and tickets.

    It features a shot of the New York City skyline — with New Jersey a small speck in the distance.

    New Jersey Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker joined other politicians in denouncing the design.

    The NFL says it’s promoting both New York and New Jersey in all its materials.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.