The boss wants Chris Christie back for a second term.
Well, we can’t speak for The Boss, or Bruce Springsteen, the Democratic-leaning songwriter idolized by New Jersey’s Republican governor. We’re talking about the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, the TLC reality-show star who endorsed the lap-banded governor at that cruelest of places: Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop in Hoboken.
“At the end of the day, I’m a small businessman,” Valastro, 36, the “Cake Boss” star for six seasons, said as he introduced Christie. “New Jersey had a reputation of turning small business away.”
Valastro said Christie, 50, deserves another four-year term in November. The governor, who is expected to win the race against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono, also picked up the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business, a Nashville-based non-profit group that was the plaintiff in a lawsuit to derail the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and the Health Care and Education and Reconciliation Act. The U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2012, upheld the individual mandate to buy health insurance.
Christie, who had gastric-band surgery in February to combat a weight problem he’s fought for more than half his life, appeared noticeably slimmer. It was his second campaign appearance this week at a bakery.
The Cake Boss and Christie — “two old-fashioned Jersey boys,” in Valastro’s words — go back at least to 2010, when he baked the cake for the governor’s inaugural.
That was the party, by the way, to which the other Boss declined an invitation to play. The governor’s politics and the musician’s don’t exactly gel, though Springsteen, a supporter of President Barack Obama, praised Christie in November for his leadership after Hurricane Sandy. The sweet, no-calorie dessert: a hug from his favorite musician during a telethon for Hurricane Sandy relief.