(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his Super Bowl pick Thursday morning, granting a rare interview as his administration faces abuse-of-power allegations.
“I believe Denver's going to win the game. I think it's going to be a close game and a good game,” he said on Philadelphia sports radio 94WIP, predicting the score would be around 24-21.
“I think Seattle will give them every ounce of effort they can, but in the end I like (Peyton) Manning and (Knowshon) Moreno, I think that's a great combination...I think it's going to be very, very tough for Seattle to cover that offense all over the field,” he added.
The interview came under the agreement that the hosts would not ask Christie questions about the George Washington Bridge controversy.
The governor also addressed the tension between New Jersey and New York over who gets credit for hosting Super Bowl XLVIII. While the game is being held in MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets, the stadium’s address is in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"The teams are staying in New Jersey. The teams are practicing in New Jersey, and at 6:30 on Sunday night, the ball will be kicked off in New Jersey. So I don't really know what the argument is,” Christie said.
The committee heading up the game is officially called the "NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee."
Sunday’s game marks the first time a Super Bowl will take place in an outdoor stadium in the Northeast, a big risk in a part of the country known for frigid winter weather.
But Christie argued everything will be fine and said he hopes the Super Bowl at MetLife will set a precedent for other northern cities.
“We're happy to be the guinea pig and to let people see that it can work,” he said.
The radio hosts also took some time to rib the sports-loving governor for being a Dallas Cowboys fan.
“Listen, it hasn't been like it's Shangri-La lately, fellows,” Christie said in his defense. “We haven't been to a Super Bowl for 18 years.”
“It's not like I’m a frontrunner here,” he continued. “So I'm taking political abuse for it and not really enjoying myself on most Sundays. But when you're a fan, you're a fan and I couldn't change at this point.”
The potential 2016 presidential candidate also took a veiled swipe at Hillary Clinton, a ding he’s been known to make in the past, for switching baseball allegiance from the Chicago Cubs to the New York Yankees when she ran for the Senate in the Empire State.
“What you rather have me do? I mean, if you want me to fake it to be like every other politician, you want me to change like from a Cubs fan to Yankees fan...you don't want me to do something like that,” he said.