“No. I’m actually friends with Jon, so…”
Bruce Springsteen, left, and Jimmy Fallon perform a parody version of Springsteen’s “Born to Run” with lyrics that reflect Chris Christie’s involvement the Bridgegate scandal on Jan 14, 2014.
“You’re killing the workin’ man”, Springsteen sang, “who’s stuck in Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam”.
Christie concluded: “He was everything I hoped he would be if I ever got a chance to meet him – gracious and incredibly normal in a truly extraordinary way”.
It was a stark contrast with how Christie described his relationship with The Boss in November 2012, when he disclosed at a Sandy recovery news conference that Springsteen had embraced him during NBC’s telethon to raise money for hurricane victims and declared him a pal. Bon Jovi – you know, his friend – played instead.
Now, it seems the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful is trying to distance himself from Springsteen, a known Democratic supporter. Christie has attended over 100 Springsteen shows and in one message, wrote of his first encounter with The Boss.
His campaign says he has also focused on drug abuse in his home state, focusing on ways to “make it easier for ex-offenders to reclaim their lives”.
And there have been signs Christie is moving away from Springsteen.
“… hates my guts”, continued Hannity.
“He’s not all that fond of me, either”, Christie told Hannity Tuesday.
“I thought you guys…?” asked Hannity, confused, trailing off. While getting off the flight, Christie told the rocker about being in the front row of one Continental Arena show with his six-year-old son, Andrew, to whom Springsteen had dedicated a performance of “Sandy”.
Elsewhere, in the midst of Springsteen’s 15-night stand at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey during his 1999 E Street Band reunion tour, Christie urged other fans to put down their request placards and specifically called out those asking for “Rosalita”.
“I don’t know why”.
In the ad, Christie calls every life precious.
“Well, you can’t understand everything, Sean…”