The Huffington Post got the details of this funny snub by the New Jersey Governor. Video by FoxNY of Christie recalling his meeting and speaking on the phone with Bruce Springsteen.
BOSTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was effusive in his praise of President Barack Obama when the two leaders toured damage from Hurricane Sandy last week, turned down a request by Mitt Romney to appear with him at a rally on Sunday night in Pennsylvania, The Huffington Post has learned.
Christie's decision will only add to questions among Republicans about what the governor -- who is up for reelection a year from now -- is thinking, and why he went out of his way to heap praise on the president, and then refused to appear with Romney.
The Romney rally was held at a farm in Morrisville, Pa., not more than 20 minutes from Trenton, the New Jersey capital. The physical proximity of the event to New Jersey only added to questions in the Romney campaign about why Christie chose not to come.
"You can't tell me he couldn't have gone over there for a night rally," a Romney campaign source told HuffPost.
An aide to Christie, who didn't want to be identified, cited the awkward optics of a political rally while the devastation of Hurricane Sandy is still very much being felt in New Jersey. And while that makes perfect sense, another more cheeky reason not to attend came over the weekend, as President Obama had Bruce Springsteen call Christie to thank him for his work on behalf of storm-ravaged New Jersey. The startstruck Governor was so in awe he said that he "wept". via AP/Fox News:
New Jersey's famously tough-talking governor finally got a hug from his longest-running unrequited love.
Speaking Monday at a briefing on storm recovery. Gov. Chris Christie revealed he unexpectedly spoke with Bruce Springsteen earlier in the day. Christie had been discussing storm-related matters with President Barack Obama when Obama handed the phone to Springsteen, who was traveling with him as part of a campaign trip.
Christie also said he got a hug from Springsteen at Friday's benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
The famously liberal Springsteen had never previously acknowledged the Republican governor. Christie considers himself among The Boss' biggest fans and has attended hundreds of his concerts.
Christie has praised Obama's handling of the storm, while continuing to back Mitt Romney.
Christie says he wept at home after talking by phone to his idol, calling it a major highlight during a tough week.