Christie not mad about Springsteen parody
January 20th, 2014
12:55 PM ET
7 months ago

Christie not mad about Springsteen parody

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he's not angry about a recent parody song performed by Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen that mocked the bridge controversy now plaguing the Governor's administration.

In an interview with Yahoo News' Matt Bai published Monday, Christie said he received a message from Fallon saying the skit was all in good fun, and Christie's oldest son told him, "It's actually kind of cool to have Bruce saying your name."

For his part, Christie said he hasn't even watched the performance.

Christie's music idol teamed up with the late night host last week to perform a song about the bridge scandal, set to the tune of "Born to Run."

Christie's aides are accused of orchestrating a traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey–which sits at the foot of the George Washington Bridge–as part of an alleged political vendetta.

The tough-talking governor denies any knowledge or involvement in the politically-motivated plot, saying in a nearly two-hour press conference earlier this month that he's "not a bully."

It's not the first time Christie has tried to push back against perceptions that he's an overly-aggressive governor. Known for his brashness, Christie said in the interview that his conduct is simply strategic at times.

"Part of politics is trying to have sharp elbows publicly in order to make a deal privately," Christie said, referring to public fights he's been in with Democratic leaders in the state legislature.

"And if you don't have the willingness and ability to do that, then the opportunity to make deals privately that benefit the public become much more difficult in my view, and in my experience."

The governor added he has no intentions of changing his style.

"I'm not growing a new personality at 51," he said.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jimmy Fallon • New Jersey
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Christie's oldest son told him, "It's actually kind of cool to have Bruce saying your name."

    crazy world

    January 20, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Whether he wants to admit it or not, you know he's crushed. His idol is mocking him. He probably cried while he filled his face with Haagen Daz.

    January 20, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. O'drama ya Mama

    "Christie's oldest son told him, "It's actually kind of cool to have Bruce saying your name."

    Even though he is directly making fun of you its still pretty cool isnt it?

    January 20, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    These past 11 days have been a mixed blessing for the Governor. While a Springsteen put down on national TV may have been humbling, I find some benefits buried within the controversies. The Governor may have run more in the last 11 days that he has in the last 11 years.

    January 20, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Christie's oldest son told him, "It's actually kind of cool to have Bruce saying your name."

    For his part, Christie said he hasn't even watched the performance
    -------------------------------------------------
    Boy who are you trying to fool with that?
    You've watched it.
    You are an ardent Springsteen fan Christie. You've been to what, over 100 Springsteen concerts through your own admission?
    Stop lying.
    Your musical idol spoofed you and your ego would not let you stay away to see it.
    You've watched it, many times, I'm willing to bet.

    January 20, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    CAPTION: Gov. Christie checks his light saber as he moves through a hostile crowd.

    January 20, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    It was down right funny..

    January 20, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. S. B. Stein

    He can't watch the parody because he would be heart broken that the rock-n-roller he likes the most publicly disrespected him.

    January 20, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Baby we were born to ruuuunnnnnn"...just not for President, apparently, if these scandals keep up.

    January 20, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. current state of the union

    Turn out the lights, the party's over!

    January 20, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I'm not growing a new personality at 51," he said."

    What on earth does this even mean?

    January 20, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. Peace

    It looks like the scandal is really disciplining Christie. This is not the Christie we used to know rushing to people when they touched his nerves.

    January 20, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC'
    If he was dumb enough to make his wishes known via a private e-mail account thinking that it would be out of subpoena reach than I've given the good Governor too much credit.
    Christie should know that when folks smell something foul they will dig, and dig until they find it, be it in a private or government account. Dig they will.
    As you aptly mentioned, look at what happened to Failin' Palin.
    Nothing is off limits when prosecutors think you've abused the position you've been elected into.

    January 20, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    DM4O wrote:

    Boy who are you trying to fool with that? You've watched it.
    You are an ardent Springsteen fan Christie. You've been to what, over 100 Springsteen concerts through your own admission?
    Stop lying.
    --------------------------------
    Of course, Christe has watched it. I'd bet you $10,000 that he saw the original broadcast.
    "Whoa. Stop the hijinx. Bruce is on Kimmel, tonight! TONIGHT. I've just gotta see it. It should be great. Livee Bruce!"

    January 20, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Whether he wants to admit it or not, you know he's crushed. His idol is mocking him.
    -------------------------------------------------
    I agree with you Dutch. It's gotta hurt.
    This whole thing must be wreaking havoc with his diet.

    January 20, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    Now that the real Chris Christie has been revealed, a man who cannot control his staff and sets the tone for this kind of childish retribution to flourish, the GOP need to look on at the rest of the field to see how competant they are. Would they be willing to strip away their veils of secrecy to see how they actually run their office and discharge their responsibilities? After all the screaming about corruption in the Obama administration, lets see how clean the GOP really is.

    January 20, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Toll booths of Glory !

    Great line .

    January 20, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. yolanda

    @The Real Tom, my guess is not too clean. Ugly times.

    January 20, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    I am loving this tub of goo getting his comeuppance finally. I would like to see am investigation into why it was necessary to hold a special election so close to the regular one. Didn't that cost millions?

    Has Issa said anything about this yet?

    January 20, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    -yolanda

    @The Real Tom, my guess is not too clean. Ugly times.
    ******************
    Of course they are not clean, but since they have been screaming this for 5 years, lets see just how poorly they practice what they preach ( and oh, do they preach).

    January 20, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. smith

    SNL and others make fun of Obama all of the time. Is he crushed as well? What goes around comes around. This is just the start of the mocking for Christie. Wait til they start on Hil-dogg.

    January 20, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Wake up People!

    I guess Christy is finally learning the meaning of the Outkast song.....

    Roses really smell like boo boo......

    January 20, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |