How dire has the Fort Lee, N.J., traffic jam scandal known as “BridgeGate” gotten for Gov. Chris Christie? So bad that even Jersey’s golden child, Bruce Springsteen, is mocking it.
Springsteen appeared on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday to sing a parody of his anthemic hit “Born to Run” alongside Fallon. The new song, “Gov. Christie Traffic Jam,” took dead aim at the governor’s current headache.
Fallon appeared first, dressed in his best early ‘80s “Born in the U.S.A."-era Springsteen garb to belt out the Boss’ 1975 hit, albetit with different lyrics.
“In the day we sweated out in the streets / stuck in traffic on the GWB / They shut down the tollbooths of glory / ‘cause we didn’t endorse Christie,” Fallon belted in his best imitation of Springsteen.
But soon after, Springsteen himself appeared, also dressed as a parody of himself to sing along.
“Governor let me in / I want to be your friend / There’ll be no partisan divisions / Let me wrap my legs ‘round your mighty rims / And relieve your stressful condition,” Springsteen sang.
The fact that Springsteen’s lyrics tempered the criticism of Christie with words of friendship will surely come as a relief to the governor, who has gone on record as having a giant, almost fanboy-ish appreciation of Springsteen.
In 2012, CBS News reported that Christie had been to more than 100 Springsteen concerts and when they met for the first time in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Christie said he wept after hugging the rock star.
The scandal currently plauging Christie’s administration involves a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge leading into Manhattan last September that is suspected to have been deliberately set by Christie administration officials as possible political retribution for the mayor of Fort Lee not endorsing the governor’s re-election campaign.
With all that swirling around Christie, it probably wouldn’t do him good to hear his idol singing, “You’re killing the working man / Who’s stuck in Gov. Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey, traffic jam.”