The governor of Massachusetts said Friday there is no connection between big donations to him and the Democratic Party from the family that owns the New England Patriots and the state's support for development across the road from Gillette Stadium.
Gov. Deval Patrick said Patriots owner Robert Kraft had asked him about using $9 million in federal stimulus money on a footbridge to an industrial site he owns across Route 1 from the stadium. Patrick said the state supports it because the infrastructure will spur development and job creation.
Patrick says he has not requested a donation in return.
"I have not had to ask him about a campaign contribution because he's been very supportive of us, which has been great," the Democratic governor said.