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I don't know about you, but I need a little something to take my mind off today's election, if only for a minute. So here it is: One of the greatest unrequited love affairs of our time is the one between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey's beloved native son. But in light of the governor's stepping up for the people of his native state and choosing to work with the president in the recovery efforts, the Big Guy finally got his special moment with the Boss:
After days touring the devastation at the Jersey Shore and across New Jersey, Governor Christie said there was a highlight to his emotional week: Finally getting the chance to talk to Bruce Springsteen, his music idol.
Christie and his family chatted with Springsteen at Radio City Friday night, where the musician was participating in NBC’s telethon to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
“We hugged,” Christie said as a crowd of volunteers in Monmouth County cheered at the sound of Springsteen’s name Monday afternoon. “Yeah, we hugged and he told me it’s official – we’re friends.”
Until Friday, the conservative governor’s love of the liberal musician was unrequited. Being on opposite sides of the political aisle, the men had met twice before, but only exchanged formal pleasantries.
[...] Christie has been to more than 130 Springsteen concerts and despite their difference in political opinion, has held Springsteen in high regard. After returning from the Republican National Convention in late August, Christie went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and belted out “Thunder Road” with the talk show host, a performance that won the governor some praise.
But the destruction brought by Hurricane Sandy seems to have started a relationship between the two men who both love their home state.
Christie got to speak to Springsteen again Monday. The Boss happened to be flying on Air Force One with President Obama, getting in some last minute campaigning, when Christie was giving Obama an update on the recovery efforts in New Jersey
“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.”