Finally: Springsteen acknowledges Chris Christie
posted at 10:10 pm on November 1, 2012 by Allahpundit
So that’s why Christie’s been so nice to Obama. It’s not that he’s had a falling out with Romney; it’s not that he’s scheming to run himself in 2016; it’s not that he’s making kissyface with a Democratic president to boost his odds of reelection in New Jersey next year.
There’s one thing he craves above all: The approval of the Boss.
Despite heroic efforts by Christie, Springsteen, who is still a New Jersey resident, will not talk to him. They’ve met twice—once on an airplane in 1999, and then at the 2010 ceremony inducting Danny DeVito into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, where they exchanged only formal pleasantries. (Christie does say that Springsteen was very kind to his children.) At concerts, even concerts in club-size venues—the Stone Pony, in Asbury Park, most recently—Springsteen won’t acknowledge the governor. When Christie leaves a Springsteen concert in a large arena, his state troopers move him to his motorcade through loading docks. He walks within feet of the stage, and of the dressing rooms. He’s never been invited to say hello. On occasion, he’ll make a public plea to Springsteen, as he did earlier this spring, when Christie asked him to play at a new casino in Atlantic City. “He says he’s for the revitalization of the Jersey Shore, so this seems obvious,” Christie told me. I asked him if he’s received a response to his request. “No, we got nothing back from them,” he said unhappily, “not even a ‘Fuck you.’”
Turned out the secret to earning Bruce’s affection was as simple as offering Obama a golden photo op the week before the election. Mission accomplished:
“We’re a band that you can’t separate from the Jersey shore — still basically a glorified bar band… at your service! So we’re gonna do this tonight from our hometown to your hometown. We’ll send this out to all the people working down there: the police officers, the firemen, and also to the Governor, who has done such a hard job this past week.”
Christie insiders told Robert Costa that his gladhanding of Obama was all about bipartisanship in a crisis, not about working an angle. We’ll see. The Springsteen endorsement of Cory Booker for governor is going to devastating.