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.”
On the 40th anniversary of @springsteen‘s #BornToRun, my thoughts: pic.twitter.com/3CUovW1UVb
— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) August 25, 2015
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.