Politicians, especially those running for office, flip flop all the time. It’s what they do. What they say one day could be the complete opposite of what they say the next. It’s all contextual; all relative to their current situation. It’s as if they forget that literally everything they say and do is captured on some form of media, and then most likely stored in a vault somewhere in the offices of The Daily Show, where it can be used against them in the future. In a cruel twist of irony, it seems that politicians, who we would assume would value foresight quite a bit, completely lack said foresight when it comes to their words being used against them.
Chris Christie, current Governor of New Jersey and one of 73 people seeking the Republican nomination for president, is no stranger to flip-flopping. He’s actually pretty accustomed to it. His latest flip has really raised some eyebrows, though.
In an interview with Laura Ingraham on her new website LifeZette, Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, were asked which New Jersey rock legend they preferred, Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen. Mary Pat thought about it for a moment, asked for clarification as to whether or not it was in regards to the person or the music, and then answered quickly – Bon Jovi.
One would assume, given his gushing crush and public fawning over the years of The Boss, the Governor would answer Springsteen. I mean, of course he would, right? This is the same dude who claims to have been to more than 130 Springsteen concerts and says “Thunder Road” is his favorite song of all-time.
A second later, Gov. Christie drops the bombshell: Smiling devilishly, but without hesitation, he answered, “Bon Jovi.”
Yeah, Bon Jovi, not Springsteen.
It’s only surprising for a second because, once you look at recent events, you can see why there was this sudden change of heart by Christie. It was the music of Bon Jovi, not Springsteen, that provided the musical backdrop when Christie announced that he was running for president, with Christie having gotten the thumbs up to do so by Bon Jovi.
“My friends are apolitical,” Bon Jovi said at the time.
Springsteen’s liberal-leaning politics have seemingly gotten in the way of any potential bromance between the Governor and The Boss, and their relationship has seen its ups and downs. Springsteen declined an invitation to perform at Christie’s inauguration in 2010 (Christie booked a Springsteen tribute band instead), but the two saw eye to eye when it came to New Jersey and the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
But Christie is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of guy, and, right now, he’s riding with Bon Jovi.
Springsteen seems like more of a Bernie Sanders kind of guy anyway.