Governor Christie Spends Labor Day at Springsteen Concert
Philadelphia–If you’re a fan of Bruce Springsteen, you’re the Governor of New Jersey and The Boss turns down your offer to play at your state’s newest casino, what do you do? Back in March, the governor made Springsteen an offer he could refuse.
Earlier this year, Springsteen wrote a scathing opinion editorial against Chris Christie in the Asbury Park Press criticizing Christie’s policy decisions.
Christie went back at The Boss with a “put up or shut up” challenge.
“I think Bruce, if he’s true to his lyrics would like the fact that the state used taxpayer funds to invest in this place to create jobs for working men and women,” Christie said in a press conference at the new Revel casino. ”He’s missed out on the opportunity to open this place…I think Labor Day weekend at Revel for Bruce Springsteen would be an incredible show of support for his home state.”
Springsteen didn’t accept Christie’s challenge and never played at the new casino. Beyonce was the first musician to perform at the casino and drew an audience of Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha on Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer in Atlantic City. Instead of Springsteen, The Eagles performed Labor Day weekend at Revel.
Christie spent his Labor Day Monday enjoying Springsteen’s concert at Citizens Bank Park. Toms River Magazine’s own Tim Burke had the luck of the draw and the pleasure of being in the same floor section, just a few rows behind the governor. Burke said he only got to have a brief moment with the Governor and left him with “Don’t let the haters get to you!” to which Christie replied, in rock’n'roll spirit, “Never Bro!
Photo by Tim Burke, Toms River Magazine.