Matt Rhule was scheduled to be in New Jersey on Tuesday, but the state’s wealthiest resident in 2016 helped make sure he never got there.
Panthers owner David Tepper, the hedge-fund billionaire who lived in New Jersey for more than two decades, crushed the state once again by swooping in and luring Rhule away from the Giants.
The Panthers interviewed Rhule in Texas on Monday and never let him get to the Giants on Tuesday, though Rhule did call the Giants on Monday night to see whether they would match Tepper’s offer. A source told The Post’s Paul Schwartz that Tepper would “make a strong play” for the former Baylor coach, which evidently was the case: Tepper lavished Rhule with a seven-year, $60 million contract, ESPN reported.
The Giants quickly changed course and hired Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge on Tuesday.
Tepper, whose current net worth is $12 billion, according to a Forbes estimate, bought the Panthers in 2018 for $2.2 billion after previously owning a stake in his hometown Steelers.
The former Goldman Sachs trader was passed over for partner at the company, so he left in 1993 to found Appaloosa, a hedge fund based in New Jersey. Tepper and Appaloosa earned billions of dollars by buying cheap shares of banks after the financial crisis.
Tepper moved to Florida in 2016, leaving a major dent in New Jersey’s income-tax revenue — an estimated $140 million hole.