Chris Christie watchers know that the Governor of New Jersey is a HUGE Bruce Springsteen fan.
It therefore makes one wonder how the embattled governor felt about his hero doing a version of the legendary “Born to Run” with NBC’s Jimmy Fallon Tuesday evening wherein the couple lampooned the current Bridgegate scandal with one verse accusing him of "killing the working man” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
JIMMY FALLON (DRESSED AS SPRINGSTEEN), SINGING: In the day we sweated out on the streets stuck in traffic on the GWB. // They shut down the tollbooths of glory ’cuz we didn’t endorse Christie. // Sprung from cages on Highway 9 we got three lanes closed, so Jersey get your ass in line. // Whoa, maybe this Bridgegate was just payback, it’s a b--chslap to the state Democrats. // We got to get out but we can’t. // We’re stuck in Gov. Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, N.J., traffic jam.
At that moment, Springsteen walked onstage wearing the same outfit as Fallon. After they gave each other knowing and approving glances, Springsteen took over the next verse:
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, SINGING: Governor let me in, I want to be your friend, there’ll be no partisan divisions. // Let me wrap your legs ’round your mighty rims, relieve your stressful condition. // The 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 in Gov. Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, N.J., traffic jam.
FALLON, SINGING: One, two, three, four, the highway’s jammed with pissed off drivers with no place left to go. // And the press conference went on and on…
SPRINGSTEEN, SINGING: …it was longer than one of my own damn shows!
FALLON, SINGING: Someday Governor I don’t when this will all end, but till then...
FALLON AND SPRINGSTEEN, SINGING: …you’re killing the working man who is stuck in Gov. Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, N.J., traffic jam.
To be sure, this was all in fun.
However, with his political future hanging in the balance, one has to wonder how Christie feels about his hero going on national television mocking him this way.
Readers are reminded that in September 2012, Christie appeared on Fallon's show, and told his host that he first saw Springsteen in concert at the age of 13, and has seen a total of 130 of his hero's shows.
After that, Christie and Fallon did a duet of the classic "Thunder Road":
Makes you wonder if Christie will be singing any Springsteen songs anytime soon.
(HT Dan Gainor)