Bruce Springsteen — a man capable of making New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie openly weep with joy — attempted to make his No. 1 gubernatorial fan cry for different reasons on Tuesday night. Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon performed a doctored version of the Boss's "Born to Run," about, yes, Bridgegate. In sum, Springsteen is not that happy about what the Fort Lee traffic jams did to the "working man."
Springsteen began by reminding the governor of what could have been:
"Governor let me in, I want to be your friend, there’ll be no partisan divisions. Let me wrap your legs ’round your mighty ribs, relieve your stressful condition.”
But the tone quickly turned less gentle. "You've got Wall Street masters stuck cheek-to-cheek, with blue collar truckers" Springsteen sang in the parody performance, "and man I really gotta take a leak." Springsteen and Fallon, obviously, wore matching bandana and denim vests. Together, they sang to Christie: "You're killing the working man / who's stuck in the Governor Chris Christie Fort Lee New Jersey traffic Jam."
Christie's intense love for Springsteen, a New Jersey native, is well-known. The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg put it this way in a 2012 piece on the governor's idolization of the Boss:
Christie, in the presence of Springsteen—whom he would marry if he were gay and if gay people were allowed to marry in the state he governs—loses himself. He is, as is well known, a very large man—twice the width of Mitt Romney—but he is a very large man who dances at Springsteen concerts in front of many thousands of people without giving a damn what they think.
The governor finally got to touch Springsteen in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated New Jersey. "He told me it's official, we're friends," Christie said of his meeting with Springsteen.
Springsteen helped raise money for victims of the Superstorm by, among other things, performing in a massive benefit concert later that year.