Bruce Springsteen has long been an object of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s unrequited love. The governor says he’s seen Springsteen perform in concerts over 120 times, but his efforts to meet his idol went rebuffed for years until he finally caught up with The Boss at a fundraiser in 2012. They hugged. Christie later said that he had wept.
He’d better get some tissues, because on last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Christie’s boyhood hero lit into the governor for “hurting the working man” when he and/or his staff caused traffic to back up for four days in Fort Lee.
In more serious news, two lawsuits were filed against the Christie administration and the Port Authority. One was brought by Fort Lee taxi drivers who lost business to the closures. Another, filed on behalf of six Fort Lee residents, makes a novel argument that BridgeGate violated residents’ constitutional right to interstate travel. Lawyers involved in both suits are seeking class action status.