Chris Christie, the Republican New Jersey governor at the center of a scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, claims to be Bruce Springsteen’s fan- in-chief.
He probably isn’t too happy with The Boss this morning.
Springsteen, a New Jersey native, joined late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon for a parody of his “Born to Run” poking fun at Christie in light of his current “Bridgegate” troubles. The two, clad in matching cut-off denim shirts, red bandanas and dark aviator sunglasses, appeared together last night on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
“In the days we sweat it out on the streets in traffic on the GWB. They shut down the tollbooths of glory because we didn’t endorse Christie,” Fallon sang in the three-minute, 42-second song. “This Bridgegate is just payback, it’s a bitch-slap to the state Democrats. We gotta get out while we can — we’re stuck in Governor Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam.”
Christie, 51, is a serious Springsteen fan despite their often polar stances on policy issues. The governor has even said he wept when Springsteen hugged him backstage at a December 2012 Hurricane Sandy relief concert.
Christie has said that political retribution appears to be behind four days of staff-ordered lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September that backed up traffic throughout Fort Lee — yet he had no knowledge of it at the time. He’s fired one aide and cut ties with a long-time political adviser, and two appointees to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have stepped down.
Christie, a potential presidential contender in 2016, has slipped in polling following his public apology for the traffic jam.
And now there is that song, with Springsteen himself at the mic:
“We got Wall Street masters stuck cheek-to-cheek with blue collar truckers, and man I really gotta take a leak but I can’t, I’m stuck here in Governor Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam.”