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Governor Chris Christie set tongues wagging this week when he told reporters that he cried when Bruce Springsteen hugged him. It made headlines:
Time Magazine: Chris Christie Wept over Springsteen Hug
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may have worked closely with President Obama in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but it appears he’s more emotionally invested in a different budding bromance. Christie admitted at a Monday briefing that he started “weeping” after he hugged Bruce Springsteen at NBC’s telethon for Hurricane Sandy victims on Nov. 2, the Record reported.
Los Angeles Times: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie finally gets Bruce Springsteen’s approval
The two most famous Jersey Boys in America today are the stars of an unrequited-love story. Gov. Chris Christie, a gruff-talking Republican, is also one of Bruce Springsteen’s most devoted lifelong fans despite The Boss’ well-known liberal beliefs.
Entertainment Weekly: Bromance alert! Chris Christie cried after getting a hug from Bruce Springsteen
It’s true: music really does bring people together. Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is renowned for his forcefulness, but he’s clearly a big softie at heart: the politician burst into tears last week after getting a hug from his icon (and ardent Obama supporter), Bruce Springsteen.
NBC 10 Philadelphia: Now “Friends,” Christie & Springsteen Hug
New Jersey’s famously tough-talking governor finally got a hug from his longest-running unrequited love. Speaking Monday at a briefing on storm recovery. Gov. Chris Christie revealed he unexpectedly spoke with Bruce Springsteen earlier in the day and had met The Boss at NBC’s Sandy benefit on Friday night. Christie was discussing storm-related matters with President Barack Obama when Obama handed the phone to Springsteen. “(Obama) told me in times of difficulty that the only thing better than one Jersey guy is two Jersey guys,” Christie said. The Boss was traveling with Obama as part of a campaign trip to swing states.
New York Magazine: Christie’s Dream of Befriending Springsteen Finally Comes True
Chris Christie’s deep love for Bruce Springsteen is notoriously unrequited, but now the two have finally come together. After rebuffing the Republican governor’s numerous advances, at NBC’s Hurricane Sandy telethon on Friday, the Boss told Christie that he’s proud of the way he’s handled the disaster. “We hugged. He told me, ‘It’s official. We’re friends,’” Christie revealed during a news conference on Monday. Naturally, Christie gushed about the encounter while on the phone with his new BFF, President Obama. “I told the President today actually that the hug was great and when we got home there was a lot of weeping because of the hug,” Christie said. “And the President asked why and I said, ‘To be honest, I was the one who was weeping. Everybody else was fine.’” Little did Christie know, he was in for another magical encounter with his idol. “[Obama] told me that in times of real difficulty that he thought that the only thing better than one Jersey guy were two Jersey guys and he put Bruce Springsteen on the phone,” said Christie.
Washington Post: Christie: Hug from Springsteen made me weep
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told reporters Monday that he had an unexpected - and moving - conversation earlier with his hero, Bruce Springsteen. He also got a hug from the rock legend on Friday, at a benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy. He later cried, calling the moment a highlight in a tough week. “Bruce and I had an opportunity to chat for a while Friday night… we hugged and he told me, ‘it’s official, we’re friends,” Christie said at a news briefing.
The Governor’s hug made quite a few Republicans cringe, coming on the heels of Christie’s embrace of Obama. This new “bromance” was clearly orchestrated by Obama, who was delighted with the boost Christie had given his campaign a week before the election.
We all get that Governor Christie is a fan of Springsteen and that he has attended more than 130 Springsteen concerts since 1975. We all remember when Christie sang “Thunder Road” when he made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in September. But an ardent teenaged crush should be put aside by a man who holds high office. It looks bad to see Christie chasing after this self-righteous liberal asshole.
Springsteen might have been edgy back in the 70’s, but he is just another rich, posturing baby-boom entertainer who thinks throwing on a $900 pair of jeans makes him a member of the proletariat. He isn’t a Pete Seeger or Woody Guthrie - he’s a wannabe - too comfortable in his wealth to give it up to be the real thing. And there is our Governor, chasing after him like some hysterical school girl. It’s disgusting.
It is instructive that the one group that has come to Governor Christie’s defense also has a problem with putting aside the things of youth and embracing adulthood. If you’ve noticed a lot of inane, over-the-top comments, gushing with praise for “the greatest Governor in history”, appearing under any story about Christie recently, it is the work of this group.
They are called the “RLSH community”. That’s short for Real Life Super Heroes. Like the people who believe they are real life vampires or real life pirates; it’s a subculture who get dressed up in superhero costumes and who believe that they are real superheroes. They walk the streets at night, when people won’t be as shocked by their attire (it’s dark, I guess) and sometimes get involved in “fighting evil”, whatever that means.
These RLSHers write that they are “warriors and protectors” of Governor Christie, who they worship as a kind of totem. For them, Christie is “America’s Governor and the greatest Governor in history.” They believe Christie is fighting “super villains” with them.
What’s up with America? Our country is in deep trouble. We don’t have time for this juvenile bullshit. Grow the hell up.