Chris Christie Wept over Springsteen Hug

Has the New Jersey governor's love finally been requited?

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Jimmy Fallon sing a Bruce Springsteen song during a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in New York City on Sept. 4, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may have worked closely with President Obama in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but it appears he’s more emotionally invested in a different budding bromance. Christie admitted at a Monday briefing that he started “weeping” after he hugged Bruce Springsteen at NBC’s telethon for Hurricane Sandy victims on Nov. 2, the Record reported.

Christie is a longtime fan of his fellow New Jerseyan and has attended more than 130 Springsteen concerts over the past 37 years. The governor even sang a version of “Thunder Road” when he made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in September. Although Springsteen has never hid his liberal leanings, the E Street Band front man set aside his ideological differences with Christie to chat with the Republican governor and his family at the Radio City event to benefit Sandy victims.

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“We hugged,” Christie said to a crowd of relief volunteers in Monmouth County on Monday, according to the Record. “Yeah, we hugged, and he told me it’s official: we’re friends.”

Christie and Springsteen had met twice before, but their interactions were limited to “formal pleasantries,” the Record noted. Their previously tense relationship may have stemmed from their opposing presidential preferences — Christie campaigned for GOP candidate Mitt Romney, while Springsteen was active in fundraisers for Obama. Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, however, managed to bring the two Jersey boys together.

“I told the President today actually that the hug was great and that when we got home there was a lot of weeping because of the hug,” Christie said. “And the President said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Well, to be honest, I was the one weeping. Everyone else was fine.’ ”

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Obama gave Christie another chance to interact with his musical hero on Monday, when he handed Springsteen the phone while discussing storm relief with the governor, the AP reported.

Christie hinted at the briefing that his newfound friendship with the Boss will continue to blossom in the near future.

“Bruce has said he’s going to be here to help the community in New Jersey as soon as he gets off tour,” Christie said. “So I’m looking forward to spending some more time with him as we go forward.”

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Christie joked that it was “even better” to talk to Springsteen on Monday than it was to talk to Obama. The highlight for Christie, however, occurred at the telethon, when Springsteen allegedly told the governor he was pleased with the way he had dealt with the storm.

“I’ll treasure it forever,” Christie said of the compliment.

An Atlantic story from the summer chronicled the governor’s previously unrequited love for Springsteen, who reportedly would pass by Christie backstage at concerts with little more than a terse acknowledgement. The rocker seems to have changed his tune: the Los Angeles Times pointed out that Springsteen praised Christie’s hurricane-relief efforts at several recent concerts.

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105 comments
RichardPressl
RichardPressl

Here in Atlanta, my aunt has a fitting commentary about folks who get all mushy over inconsequential matters: "Bless his heart." - while my uncle mutters under his breath: "Dumb a$$"

RichardPressl
RichardPressl

Here we go again...an emotional politician who speaks of values...been there before...suffered the consequences.

miltoncross
miltoncross

FU Christie and NJ. Welcome to Obamaville, maybe one day the light will come on.

SusanWolenskyDelzeit
SusanWolenskyDelzeit

What a big f'n baby.  Man up and take care of your state!  Crying over Bruce Springsteen?  Are you a child??

pmbryantnj
pmbryantnj

Bruce was being polite. He probably rushed off to take a hot shower afterward to rid himself of the stench of Christie's policies.  When Christie was running for Governor, he tried to use Springsteen's music for his campaign and was emphatically told "over my dead body" by Bruce's lawyers.  There was no way Springsteen was going to allow his music to be the soundtrack for Christie's policies, which are at odds with everything Springsteen believes in and has fought for since the No Nukes days.

Modibbo Abdullahi
Modibbo Abdullahi

Crying politics among politicians is only skin-deep, with the Governor's tears as human characterics: war and tears are fair in winning and losing power.

Viviana Prieur
Viviana Prieur

That is so lame. There is more serious stuff in life to cry about. Really!

ConstLover777
ConstLover777

@TIMENOUT nauseous. There are not words come to me to describe these two potato heads. Perhaps republican public should become libertarians

HonestJohn
HonestJohn

In the 2010 election the liberals (now calling themselves progressives) were kicked in the butt by the conservative party. I wonder what will happen in 2014 with 8.5% unemployment and nearly 20 trillion in national debt ? Are you happy with this economy America ? Are there any liberal Americans that give a damn about their childrens futre ? Or, Has America come down to "It's ALL about me and what my governmet will give me". A very respected President once said "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your contry" ! He was a DEMOCRAT. My, how times have changed.  

Tothian
Tothian

America's Governor Chris Christie is the Greatest Governor in U.S. History!

FromundacheeseMan
FromundacheeseMan

He got a hug AND they get to be together when Bruce gets off tour.  Maybe Christie could be a roadie?  Even if you feel this way, I don't think you should publicize it.  You look like a puss.  And, when Springsteen doesn't followup, he's left holding the bag.  The party helped get Christie elected.  Christie punted when the party needed help.  

This  pussification of our leaders (that so many like on this board) is not going to help us long term.  Actions not emotions, character, not feelings is what makes good things happen.   I went through Ivan, a much worse hurricane than Sandy and our community was farther along than NY or NJ by this time.   When you people start complaining about how lame the gov is in fixing stuff, remember - be kind, you might hurt their feelings.  I dont' think Christie wanted this article.  His future is toast because of this lame crap.  Christie - next time you go for the photo op, remember.  All these people that think you're cool now, never voted for you and never will.  

CheLopez
CheLopez

jsut sayin....

 I read most of the comments here and it is sad. I thought after the election- the getting along would start with WE THE PEOPLE.. It must start with us to show them that is what we need more than anything - the coming together.At 58, I wonder if that will ever happen before I die. I am glad I practise goodness between people.I think by the last few elections- we have been shown we are a 50/50 county and since we are the BEST of countries, can we not fix those numbers and get along! Let's look at Christi and Obama as a good thing and something to strive for in our every day life. ps. that does not apply to Bohner and Cantor! hahaha. Just sayin...

midwestrngrl
midwestrngrl

Republican leaders (and blowhards) hate the new Christy...but the new Christy is EXACTLY what they need to be.

CheLopez
CheLopez

I come from NJ and was VERY upset with the Gov. for how badly he spoke of the President at Romney's convention. I, of course was very upset, 1. I am woman-(can you hear me roar), I voted for the President-2 times and I thought how can anyone speak so badly about the President of the United States. THEN hurricane Sandy came- Chirsti redeemed himself to me and of course the President WON!!Who knows- it was such a great experience for him- behind that curtain- we will never know who he voted for! I like to think the President. BUT it does not matter since the President SHOCKED and ROCKED that Republican base! HURRAY! I can not tell you how happy I was to watch those STUNNED FOX FACES!. Gave me almost as much satisfaction as the President winning!  I was hysterical when the President won and then followed by satisfaction seeing FOX FOLKS! Anyways, , getting carried away. Christi and the President, 2 opposite sides of the table working together, YES. Let's keep that going!

Hoping Christi opened the door and and hope those jerks in DC will follow- WE the people have spoken!Proud of you Gov.! Mr. President- Congrats and we are with you!

Chelo

JoshRaymer
JoshRaymer

I hope this isn't just all for show to look good for a 2016 run, but I'm starting to like Christie now and I don't like Republicans.

usresham
usresham

Though Gov. Christy is short tempered ,I started liking him. He exhibited his human qualities putting aside his political posture.

Franco
Franco

@TomJJJJNever mind about these Bozos. Christie is doing a great job- somehting I never expected to say- puting politics aside in a time of need like a true leader should do. By doing that he has betaryed teh party of No the party of ignorance and fake patriots- the party that puts itself before the country. I'm a veteran and I have lived in NJ and NY and assisted in relief efforts during catastrophic events, and I've always been appalled by people like charltman- they give America a bad name.

streetsmart
streetsmart

Being of Italian ancenstry I understand Gov Christys tears. Hes a stand up guy as we say in the North East which means it doesnt matter what the task is you stand up & do the right thing. You do it because its the good thing to do, the right thing to do. Its what you feel deep down inside of you that makes you the person you are. Chris Christy in an honest moment felt so much for the people he has sworn to serve can appreciate the fact that a Dem POTUS & a Dem musician who has stood up for social justice reach out to him not as politcal foes but as friends who like him want to do the stand up thing had an emotional moment. I would be proud to call Goc Christy my piason.

chalrtman
chalrtman

Hey, I live on the east coast, how about the rest of you who think this is just great?  We all have feelings.  Those emotions amount to nothing if people are not being served.  People are so easily led by the media.  All they need to add is the theme music!

TomJJJJ
TomJJJJ

I never cared much for Christie, but he has become emotionally invested in helping the people of his state recover from a major disaster - there is nothing wrong with that whatever it takes. 

kenny60614
kenny60614

This fat ass pig needs to go to the democrat party and call it a day. He is an embarrassment and fits in perfectly with the other pigs.

jackiero
jackiero

Yeah, but that was after dissing Christie three times before because of his party affiliation while sucking up to an ex-governor who is potentially going to jail for fraud. I'm sure that Bruce counts at least a few conservatives, Republicans, or libertarians among his fan base--what message did that send to them all those other times? Bruce won't weep over the loss of their money, I'm sure, but he's a jerk in my book--latest hug or not. Christie is obviously a better person to forgive and forget than I. And I, who is a left-leaning moderate, would be happy to vote for Christie for the first time in 2013 should he run for reelection. 

mkelly9772
mkelly9772

Instead of blaming Christie for choosing to look after the people who voted him into office to do a job, how about blaming Romney for not making it a point to tell the world that he understands why Christie is doing what he is doing and that he has HIS back during these trying times?

Franco
Franco

Strong men and women are able and open to show compassion those who need to portray themselves as overly strong and "I never cry" kinda person are the weakest people in the world.

WeRStrangers2
WeRStrangers2

I dont care what the republicans say. I love Chris Christie. He is the only one that would get a vote from me on the republican ticket if he goes for President 2016

PatrishDehler
PatrishDehler

Ah, that's nice.  We all need heroes.  I have to admit I like Christy - at least what I see of him.  Will that make me vote Republican - no, but if Republicans can get back to the middle of the road with some logic and not all these overly religious members, they might have a chance down the road.

Franco
Franco

Really?  Blaming Christie for Ronmey's and the Tea Party's debacle?  Blame Fox News for the indoctrination the give you every day or better yet, thank REAL AMERICANS of  all colors and social classes for defeating the retrograde forces of the far rigth.

chalrtman
chalrtman

What a bunch of touchy feely over-sensitive crap!  Leftists have become like little girls.  It is weird and creepy.  It one thing to care, we all care.  It is quite another thing to gush.  It is gross and weird.  Oh well, progressives sure are impressed with their idols...  They all need to start doing the jobs we are paying them to do.

SteveSolomon
SteveSolomon

I start 'weeping' every time I see the price of concert tickets now days.

HonestJohn
HonestJohn

Please, Give me a break with all this ABSURD, liberals "good", conservatives "bad" garbage. Elections come and go. Presidents come and go. It was just 2 years ago in the 2010 election the liberals had their butts handed to them. The worst defeat in American history for one party in an "off year" election. So, what do you expect may happen in 2014 with unemployment at 8.5 % and America's youth in debt to their anal orifices. Let's talk again at that time.  

JeanDavis
JeanDavis

@CheLopez Totally agree...I think we all learned something because of Sandy.

DJL329
DJL329

@CheLopez  Maybe all Christie needed was that hug.  Perhaps from now on he won't act like such a bully.

chalrtman
chalrtman

@Franco Appalled by what?  The only time I mentioned politics was in answer to a comment to me.  Such nonsense.  For the record, for years and hundreds of concert visits Springsteen refused to even say hello to Christie after countless requests.  No matter how you slice it, considering the circumstances, a story about Christie weeping because BS finally acknowledged him is in poor taste at best.  I care about the people of NJ and could not give a rat's behind about CC or BS.  If that makes me  "un-American" then so be it.

FromundacheeseMan
FromundacheeseMan

@streetsmart Puhleeze .   Stood up for social justice, where, when.  Maybe they talked about it, but I don't see any concrete manifestation of Bruce's 'fight for social justice' or for Obama's either.    They only became his friends during the photo op.  Let's see how many times Bruce or Barry has Christie over for dinner.    He cried because he got a call from a resident of NJ  that he adores.  Oh and remember, Springsteen only talked to him with Obama and Obama put the phone to Springsteen.  They're all puss's.  What has this country come to.

FromundacheeseMan
FromundacheeseMan

@TomJJJJ It's his job.  Who cares about his emotions.  Do the job, fix the problem.  You guys think it's under control, wait.  Full recovery from  a major storm takes 5 years.    At least my experience was in Florida, where it was warm after.  You watch the news in a couple of weeks when people start dying and maybe rioting.  You are behind the curve on recovery, you just don't know it yet.  My prayers for the affected.  Until you experience one, you never really understand what it means to lose it all.

TomJJJJ
TomJJJJ

I admit I'm not there - are you two?  I have lived through hurricanes in Florida and have seen first hand that help is sometimes frustratingly slow in arriving.  But at least Christie is trying to help are you?  Get yourselves out there on the front line and raise the money yourselves and tell the people not to take socialist government handouts.  You could also get your heads out while you're at it.

chalrtman
chalrtman

@TomJJJJ That is terrific he is emotionally invested.  Now he needs to get his ass in gear and get the people the help they need.  We are into week two; These people are freezing to death!

AradiseDP
AradiseDP

@kenny60614 What a jerk you appear to be! Yeah, my friends and I serve in the military defending your right. I'd rather, though, that the likes of you simply pack your bags and go find somewhere else to live. People like you sit on your asses and complain all the time and do NOTHING. I personally can't stand Christie. He is a sad person. But he stepped up for his state. Shame on you for stabbing him in his back when he supported that lame flip-flopper Romney! Seriously, pack your bags and leave. The Black man is in the WHITE House and racists like you have no place here.

TomJJJJ
TomJJJJ

and still better quit watching Faux News - it messes with your head.

fuzzybat
fuzzybat

@chalrtman I wonder you responded to John Boehner having his little cry for the media. I bet you didn't have a problem with THAT. And Christie is hardly a "leftist," he's just not a wingnut like you are. 

katelee
katelee

@chalrtman @TomJJJJ so much for all the rhetoric the media and politicians have been putting out.  They are there to get their pictures taken but the people still suffer.

chalrtman
chalrtman

@fuzzybat @chalrtman No, but the left sure did, and often.  FYI, I was not talking about Christie, I was talking about the response by those who were just three weeks ago calling this man names and criticizing him.  Hypocrites all.