Chris Christie Pens Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's 'Born to Run' on 40th Anniversary

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New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie speaks at Chabad House at Rutgers University to express his opposition to President Obama's Iran deal on August 25, 2015 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

Given the ubiquity and fervor of Bruce Springsteen fanaticism, it's difficult to point to any one person as the world's most high-profile Boss fanatic.

But New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a man who's gunning for the Republican presidential nomination and has a sweet-and-sour history with Springsteen, is a sizable contender for that title.

Bruce Springsteen's 'Born to Run' Turns 40: Classic Track-by-Track Review

Today, on the 40th anniversary of Springsteen's iconic Born to Run album, the outspoken Boss devotee wrote a gushing appreciation of the album, calling it "the most powerful rock album of my lifetime" and explaining how he fell in love with it as a 12-year-old in Jersey. "Bruce wrote of the people and places that I knew," Christie wrote. "He wrote about our hopes and frustrations."

Earlier this year, Christie changed his tune a bit when he chose Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi over Springsteen in an either/or radio interview question. (Probably because unlike Bruce, Bon Jovi allowed Christie to use his music at a political event, and he never mocked the governor on national late night TV). Today, however, it seems Christie is backing #TeamBroooooce all the way. 

For the inarguable classic's 40th birthday, Billboard wrote an album track-by-track review that you can read here. It's not written by someone running for a presidential nomination, but hey, don't hold that against it. 


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