Chris Christie, embattled Governor of the great state of New Jersey and one of the Republican presidential hopefuls, is a tough-talking dude. He will talk tough about teachers, about pensions, about illegal immigrants.
But get Chris Christie going about Bruce Springsteen, and that tough talk melts into a gooey puddle of mush-mouthed love and admiration. Thanks to a deep dive of a 15-year-old email listserv, a series of emails from 1999 and 2000 when Christie was but a lowly lobbyist and former county freeholder were uncovered, showing Christie going full-throttle fanboy talking about Springsteen. The messages are signed “Chris,” “Chris C.,” and “Chris from Mendham, N.J.,” meaning that unless someone was really looking, they wouldn’t have shown up if searching for things with the Governor’s name in it.
These emails are timely and, frankly, kind of sad, given Christie’s recent break-up with Springsteen in favor of Bon Jovi. What would Chris from Mendham, N.J. have thought if you were to tell him that, 15 years down the road, in an attempt to be shrewdly political, he’d proclaim that Bon Jovi and not his beloved Bruce was his favorite singer? Based on the text and tone of some of these emails, I think it’s safe to say he would not handle it particularly well.
There’s Christie talking about a show in March of ’99:
I am writing the morning after last night’s spectacular show on the Boardwalk. Bruce and the band came on at 7:30 pm to a rousing rendition of “Promised Land.” They looked so excited and happy. The crowd was electric and the band looked like they were having more fun than anyone in the place.
And there’s Christie attempting to get hip to the whole bootlegging scene:
Could someone please let me know if there is a tree forming for the Asbury Park Concerts?
I would be interested in participating and since I do not yet have the requisite equipment, I would gladly trade with blanks?
If anyone is interested please e-mail me privately at
Hey, Governor Christie, would you say Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band are a great rock ‘n roll party band or the greatest rock ‘n roll party band?
“…the greatest rock n roll party band ever.”