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Bruce Springsteen Hug Leaves New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Tears

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie loves his state and all that comes with it — especially Bruce Springsteen. The politician admits he’s a huge Springsteen fan, and got a little emotional after meeting “The Boss” at a recent Hurricane Sandy telethon. reports that Christie began “weeping” after receiving a hug from the musician. “We hugged,” said the governor to a crowd of relief volunteers. “Yeah, we hugged and he told me it’s official — we’re friends.” The politician claims to have attended over 130 Springsteen concerts and he recently made an appearance on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon‘ duetting with the TV host on a cover of Springsteen’s ‘Thunder Road.’

Christie revealed that he had met Springsteen twice before, but their interaction was limited to “formal pleasantries.” However, this was one of the first times where they had a chance to talk.

The governor, clearly moved by the experience, told the crowd of volunteers, “I told the President today actually that the hug was great and that when we got home there was a lot of weeping because of the hug. And the President said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Well, to be honest, I was the one weeping, everyone else was fine.”

President Obama, who had Springsteen campaigning for him during the homestretch of his political stops, gave the governor another chance to converse with his musical idol Monday when he handed the vocalist the phone while they were speaking about relief efforts.

Springsteen told the governor that he’d lend a helping hand in New Jersey once his tour stops, and Christie stated that he’s looking forward to the experience and spending more time together.

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