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Jets owner Woody Johnson to be nominated as U.S. ambassador to the UK

After months of speculation, Jets owner Woody Johnson will be formally nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the White House announced Thursday. 

Should he be approved by the senate, Johnson, 70, will remain the Jets owner but will be required to live in the United Kingdom.

His brother, Christopher Johnson, will take over as chairman and CEO of the Jets during the three-year appointment. 

"The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody," Christopher Johnson said in a statement. "His patriotism and commitment to our country have always been a passion of his.

"Over the years, we have learned that ownership of the New York Jets is a special responsibility. Personally, if Woody is nominated and confirmed, I would be honored to oversee the organization, continuing to build a team on and off the field that our fans are proud of and deserve."

Woody Johnson was rumored to be the "leading candidate" for the U.S. ambassador to the UK position back in December although he initially supported Jeb Bush in the election, according to the New York Post.


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