.

Bruce Springsteen and Chris Christie Connect Through Hurricane Sandy

The New Jerseyans shook hands at Friday's telethon for storm victims

Bruce Springsteen and Governor Chris Christie
Paul Marotta/Getty Images/ Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic
November 5, 2012 7:15 PM ET

Bruce Springsteen superfan Chris Christie finally got a chance to talk to his hero today. During a briefing about New Jersey's recovery from Hurricane Sandy, the governor told reporters that he was speaking with Obama on the phone earlier in the day when the president passed the phone to Springsteen, who has been campaigning heavily for Obama and made three appearances today alone, on the final day of the campaign.

It's unclear how long Springsteen and Christie spoke on the phone, but the two also shook hands behind the scenes last Friday at NBC's telethon to benefit victims of the storm. The governor said that he cried after that encounter. 

Christie has seen Springsteen in concert over 130 times, but they have only met on two brief occasions: on a plane in 1999 and then at the 2010 New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony. According to a report in The Atlantic about Christie's Springsteen fandom, they "exchanged only formal pleasantries" on those occasions – though Christie noted that Springsteen was "very kind" to his children. 

There are plenty of opportunities for Springsteen and Christie to come together in the coming months, as New Jersey continues to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy and the rocker likely continues his efforts to raise money for the relief effort. If Christie is able to come together with President Obama days before the campaign, he can certainly continue to find common cause with Springsteen. 

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com