Christie’s musical flip flop

July 22, 2015
New Jersey Governor Christie gives news conference in Trenton

Christie (L) at a news conference; Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen at a benefit concert for Sandy victims in New York on Dec. 12, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (L) and Lucas Jackson

Oh, the fickleness of political fandom. Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor aiming for the White House, has long proclaimed his admiration–indeed, his love, for Bruce Springsteen. The governor has been to 130 of his concerts. He knows the lyrics to his music. He wishes The Boss happy birthday on Twitter. He wept after he and Springsteen shared a hug after Hurricane Sandy devastated their home state.

So it was, understandably, a little surprising when both Christie and wife Mary Pat said they preferred Jon Bon Jovi to Springsteen when the couple played LifeZette’s “This or That”.

Or perhaps not so surprising. Springsteen is the anti-Republican, refusing to perform at Christie’s inauguration, campaigning for Barack Obama and snubbing Christie repeatedly until their post-hurricane clinch. Fellow New Jerseyan Jon Bon Jovi takes a different tack. The rocker, who describes his friendships as apoloticial, said he “absolutely” gave Christie permission to use his music to kick off his presidential campaign.

Springsteen, on the other hand, has parodied his signature “Born to Run” song to  make fun of the governor’s Bridgegate scandal.


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