Bon Jovi to NJ: I'll be there for you
July 8th, 2013
12:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Bon Jovi to NJ: I'll be there for you

Updated 7/8/2013 at 6:54 pm

(CNN) - Rock star and New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi made an appearance Monday to announce his $1 million contribution to New Jersey's Sandy Relief Fund.

"My being here is not political. It's emotional because I grew up here. I went to school here. I met my wife here," he said at an event held to announce the donation. "And in the days following the storm, when I visited these streets and spoke to the residents, one thought that came to me time and time again was what can I do?"

Beaming with pride, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Bon Jovi and his wife are people "who never take New Jersey away from themselves."

"They always have New Jersey as part of who they are and in their heart," the Republican governor said.

Before the announcement, Bon Jovi walked through his hometown of Sayreville with Christie to meet with residents affected by the October storm that wreaked havoc on the New Jersey shoreline.

"I know that this million dollars sounds like a lot but it's really just a drop in the bucket," Bon Jovi said. "What I like to call the 'power of we,' the coming together–that means you, me, us–we are taking a step today to rebuild lives."

He presented the check to Christie's wife, Mary Pat, who heads up the relief fund where Bon Jovi and fellow rock legends Bruce Springsteen and Bono serve as honorary board members.

Since the hurricane, the fund has raised more than $38 million from 29,000 people, Mary Pat Christie said at the event.

Christie, the face of the Superstorm Sandy recovery effort in New Jersey, has teamed up with Bon Jovi in the past. The musician appeared at the governor's bill signing in April for a law that encourages people to report drug overdoses without fear of being arrested.


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    The GOP always talks about the entertainment industry and the people in it as somehow "evil".........but when the chips are down, many people from that industry step up big time to help. Bon Jovi is just the latest one to do it. Good for him!

    July 8, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Government waste rules

    They should have gotten Bon Jovi to write a song for NJ. That awful "Stronger than the Storm" tune is on TV non stop and it SUCKS BEYOND ALL COMPREHENSION.

    July 8, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Big_D

    Didn't they kick Christie out of the GOP for his man love of Obama? Rush said he wasn't a real republican and gay.

    July 8, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. anonymous

    Did Springsteen kick in a few million? Where are all those rich New Yorkers. Time to shake them down as well.

    July 8, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. derp

    "They should have gotten Bon Jovi to write a song for NJ"

    It would be really cool if he wrote a whole album.

    And called it "New Jersey"

    July 8, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    In the picture, Christie looks like a kid in a candy shop.

    July 8, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Joe

    It's the least he can do. He owns a mansion in NJ and pays no property tax. None. I have a modest home and pay 11,000 a year in taxes and I am far from rich. The middle class are the ones that pay the burden in this country. It's sad!

    July 8, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. coderjones

    to bad politicians are not as generous as a rock star

    July 8, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Martoon

    Kudos to Bon Jovi. He is more dedicated to NJ than the POTUS.

    July 8, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Boggityboggity

    Let the right wing, hate mongers start their banter now. The fastest and the loudest among us to judge. And the weakest among us to agree with their tirades. There's always going to be three dogs, and one with a bone the other two are trying to get. So let the squabble begin. The start will more than likely come from one of the great AM radio parrots, with the flock close behind.

    July 8, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Polar Bear

    Took a while, but now I get it. "I'll be there for you." Some days, I'm slow.

    July 8, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Small drop in the bucket considering all the money he saved in mega rich man tax loopholes. He should donate a lot more than that. It's rather disgusting what that man gets away with.

    July 8, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "Rock star" – LMAO. I don't think so...

    July 8, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Steveo

    California Gary

    The GOP always talks about the entertainment industry and the people in it as somehow "evil".........but when the chips are down, many people from that industry step up big time to help. Bon Jovi is just the latest one to do it. Good for him!
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    Lohan and Bynes are poor examples for anyone but Bon Jovi has the right attitute. Good for him indeed. You realize your 1st sentence is a blanket statement and blanket statements are hardly ever true!

    July 8, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Steveo

    Big_D

    Didn't they kick Christie out of the GOP for his man love of Obama? Rush said he wasn't a real republican and gay.
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    The treatment of Christie by SOME in the GOP is pathetic, he is doing the job folks in Jersey elected him to do and that is to take care of his state. He expressed his appreciation to the president for federal support after Sandy! I like the guy!

    July 8, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Steveo

    @Boggityboggity

    Let the right wing, hate mongers start their banter now. The fastest and the loudest among us to judge. And the weakest among us to agree with their tirades. There's always going to be three dogs, and one with a bone the other two are trying to get. So let the squabble begin. The start will more than likely come from one of the great AM radio parrots, with the flock close behind.
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    Bon Jovi said this was not poltical, so why are you trying to making as such? His time, His effort, His money, His state. NOTHING political about that!

    July 8, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Balls of Steel

    It's easy to say "we are stronger than the storm" when the tax payers from all over the country paid for the cleanup

    July 8, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Steveo

    @O'drama ya Mama

    California Gary

    The GOP always talks about the entertainment industry and the people in it as somehow "evil".........but when the chips are down, many people from that industry step up big time to help. Bon Jovi is just the latest one to do it. Good for him!
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Exactly, there are GOPers who complain every time Obama is in a photo op with a celebrity and says hes "too hollywood" yet they seem to forget one thing. Their most prized President, Ronald Reagan was in movies, radio, television shows, etc. GOP the party of contradiction
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    The only problem with your statement is Reagan was not president when he made movies!

    July 8, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Stephanie

    derp
    "They should have gotten Bon Jovi to write a song for NJ"

    It would be really cool if he wrote a whole album.

    And called it "New Jersey"

    HAHAHAHAHA. that made my day!

    July 8, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Booger

    Fun has begun.

    July 8, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Booger

    Beaming with pride, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Bon Jovi and his wife are people "who never take New Jersey away from themselves."

    July 8, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Booger

    Who's the cat in the middle?

    July 8, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Ron

    Alright CNN (or Ashley), you reported on Bon Jovi's $1M largesse to NJ and his emotional ties to the state. You reported on other celebrities with similar NJ ties and their donations to the Sandy Relief Fund. Is it really necessary to end the report with Bon Jovi's daughter's drug overdose? What has that got to do with anything in your report? It just reflects so badly on media reports unnecessary penchange for controversy.

    July 8, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Ron

    I meant penchant, not penchange

    July 8, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |