Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon skewer "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam"

Bruce Springsteen made a guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon's late night TV show last night parodying New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's bridge scandal to the tune of "Born to Run." Christie says he's the New Jersey singer's biggest fan, but it's more evidence Springsteen doesn't return the compliment. Here's the YouTube clip of Fallon, who has considerable talents as a mimic and parodist, and Springsteen:

Bruce Springsteen & Jimmy Fallon: "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam" ("Born To Run" Parody)

Details on NBC 10 Philadelphia, which covers most of southern Jersey:

Jimmy Fallon got some help from one of the most famous people to come from the Garden State for his latest bit mocking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's traffic jam scandal. Music legend Bruce Springsteen joined Fallon onstage to perform a new version of "Born to Run," featuring lyrics about getting stuck on the George Washington Bridge.

The two, who were both sporting The Boss' signature "Born in the U.S.A." look, used music to address revelations that Christie's aides orchestrated lane closings on the world's most heavily trafficked bridge, apparently as political payback to a local mayor. …

But the New York Daily News reported some in the studio audience in New York City may not have appreciated the humor:

By the end of their parody, Fallon and Springsteen had the audience laughing and cheering, but maybe not everybody shared the sentiment on the "Bridgegate" scandal — towards the end, it sounded like they may have garnered a few boos.
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Later (Monday, Jan. 20). “I let Chris Christie know we were doing it. And I said, ‘The silver lining is Bruce Springsteen says your name,’” Fallon said … “I haven’t heard back yet,” Fallon added. According to Politico, which picked up the quote from the Chicago Tribune, Christie "told Yahoo in an interview published Monday that he didn’t watch the parody, but that he wasn’t angry about it and got a direct message from Fallon on Twitter saying it was all in good fun."

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