Picture this: You’re Bruce Springsteen’s biggest fan. You’ve seen him in concert at least 130 times; you know the words to every song he’s ever written; one time, he gave you a hug, and you responded by bursting into tears.
Then you find out that your idol spent last night making fun of you on national television.
That’s the curious situation in which New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie finds himself this morning, days after his administration was first rocked by the scandal I guess we’re officially calling “bridgegate.” (Why? Everyone knows Watergate wasn’t actually about water, right?) Tuesday’s edition of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon featured Fallon breaking out his well-worn Bruce impression for a revamped version of “Born to Run” all about that infamous GWB traffic jam. And partway through the performance, Fallon was joined by none other than Springsteen himself — in a matching cutoff button down, red bandana, and pair of sunglasses. This, too, might make Christie cry… though clearly for different reasons.
Fallon: In the day we sweated out on the streets
Stuck in traffic on the GWB
They shut down the toll booths of glory
‘Cause we didn’t endorse Christie
Sprung from cages on Highway Nine
We got three lanes closed, so Jersey get your ass in line
Oh, baby this Bridgegate was just payback
It’s a bitch slap to the state Democrats
We gotta get out, but we can’t
We’re stuck in Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam
Springsteen: Governor, let me in, I want to be your friend
There’ll be no partisan division
Let me wrap my legs ’round your mighty rims
And relieve your stressful condition
We got Wall Street masters stuck cheek to cheek
With blue collar truckers, and man,
I really gotta take a leak — but I can’t
I’m stuck in Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam
Fallon: Highway’s jammed with pissed-off drivers
With no place left to go
And the press conference went on and on
Springsteen: It was longer than one of my own damn shows!
Fallon: Someday, Governor, I don’t know when
This will all end
But ’til then
Fallon and Springsteen: You’re killing the working man
Who’s stuck in Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam
Springsteen: I gotta take a leak! …I really gotta take a leak!
Fallon and Springsteen: Down in Jersey laaaaand!