A couple of months ago I mentioned that New Jersey -- the world's leading innovator of bizarre political scandals -- deserved better than either Jon Corzine or Chris Christie. Upon further review, this new information may tip the scale in this battle of (not political) heavyweights:
There are many ways to determine people’s New Jersey-ness: where they grew up, perhaps, or how they talk. But on the most culturally resonant measure, Springsteen fandom, Mr. Christie, the Republican candidate for governor, is way off the charts.
He has attended 120 Springsteen concerts, in places as far away as Paris and London, and once ducked out of a Trenton fund-raiser — “Gotta go, another event!” he said — and raced to Philadelphia, arriving at the Spectrum just as the band was cranking up “Badlands.”
His devotion has created complications this week, as Mr. Springsteen arrives at Giants Stadium on Wednesday for the first of five shows and Mr. Christie is locked in a close campaign for governor with the Democratic incumbent, Jon S. Corzine.