Of all the people that I thought might betray their values to get in on the national Chris Christie love-fest, Bruce Springsteen was always on the bottom of the list. After all, he did write a letter to the Asbury Park Press on how Christie’s budget cuts were eating at New Jersey’s middle class.
So when Christie asked Springsteen to play at the new Revel casino at its opening on Labor Day weekend last week, most people dismissed it as unlikely given that Springsteen has shown no love for the Governor. As I wrote last week, the Revel in particular, with its bad labor policies, seemed an unlikely place for Springsteen to play given his values.
Well, we were all wrong. I’m not only outraged, as a huge Springsteen fan, but also deflated. Bruce has always been one of my musical and political heroes, who says what is on his mind no matter what is popular. This announcement makes me want to burn all of my Springsteen albums and go listen to some Tom Morello instead.
The full press release is pasted below the fold…
Governor Chris Christie Announces Bruce Springsteen to Play the Revel at Opening Labor Day Weekend
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Tags: Economic Development
Jersey Hero to Join Governor Christie to Celebrate Creation of Jersey Jobs
Trenton, NJ – Today, Governor Chris Christie announced that Freehold native Bruce Springsteen has accepted his invitation to play a concert on Labor Day Weekend at the new Revel casino in Atlantic City.
“I am proud to announce that Bruce Springsteen and I will meet in Atlantic City on September 2nd to open the Revel Casino and celebrate the Atlantic City Comeback,” said Governor Christie. “On his new album, Bruce Springsteen talks about the need for jobs and we are delivering 5,000 permanent Jersey Jobs with the Revel’s opening. In the words of The Boss, in New Jersey we take care of our own.”
In February 2011, Governor Christie announced the approval of $260 million in tax-increment financing by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to support infrastructure improvements in the South Inlet neighborhood adjacent to the Revel development and move the $2.4 billion project forward. The agreement made the state an equity partner in Revel, while allowing the stalled project to move forward toward completion.
“I stand with Governor Christie in his efforts to create jobs and make New Jersey’s economy come back,” Bruce Springsteen said. “So many people in our state need jobs, and the Revel and Governor Christie are delivering on that promise. That is why I will be playing this Labor Day at the Revel.”
Now completed, the Revel project supports over 10,000 jobs, with more than 5,000 being permanent jobs for New Jerseyans. Its construction collectively supported more than 2,600 construction jobs in addition to ancillary employment in manufacturing, vendor/supplies and professional/consulting jobs. Along with job creation associated with Revel, the new casino hotel will distribute more than $153 million in payroll annually and generate $155 million in state and local taxes each year.
“We are proud to host Bruce Springsteen as part of our grand opening on Labor Day to introduce to the world the new Atlantic City,” said Kevin DeSanctis, Revel Chief Executive Officer. “It would not have been possible without Governor Christie’s leadership.”
Governor Christie has worked aggressively to support growth in Atlantic City and pave the way for new investments and job creation in the city. The 2011 Economic Impact of Tourism Report released this month found new visitor expenditures increased by 7 percent over 2010 to a level just shy of the all-time high of $39.5 billion reached in 2007. The figures further demonstrated that the New Jersey Comeback is taking hold in vital sectors of the state economy.
Governor Christie has acted on a strong commitment to support the regional and state economies through the ongoing revitalization of Atlantic City’s tourism and gaming industries. After historic reforms were signed into law in 2011, including the establishment of an Atlantic City Tourism District administered by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and a Tourism District Master Plan that was adopted just last month, Governor Christie is continuing to provide the resources necessary to support Atlantic City’s comeback in his Fiscal Year 2013 Budget as well. The Governor’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget provides $290,000 for public safety support in the Atlantic City Tourism District. These funds will enable the Attorney General to develop a robust public safety task force in Atlantic City, focusing the efforts of the State Police, the County Prosecutor and the Atlantic City Police Department, along with Federal agencies including the ATF and FBI to ensure the safety of the entire city including the Tourism District.
Tickets for the September 3rd concert will go on sale via TicketMaster on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. The concert will be Springsteen’s first appearance in Atlantic City in nearly a decade.