Tag Archive: Bruce Springsteen

Bruce, Play AC – Just Not the Revel

It is the second Bruce-related post of the week. But, hey, it’s New Jersey.

Today, Chris Christie publicly called on the Boss to play the new Revel casino in Atlantic City.

“I think Bruce, if he’s true to his lyrics, would love the fact that the state used taxpayer funds to invest in this place to create jobs for working men and women,” Christie said.

Let’s look at what kind of jobs we paid to create.

Revel’s jobs are in many cases part-time and non-union, in contrast to the union jobs with good benefits at other casinos.

And they are “term contracts” which appear to be designed to discriminate based on age and to find ways to demote women not considered attractive enough.

That’s Chris Christie’s kind of workplace. But it’s not one that reflects Bruce Springsteen’s values, or New Jersey’s. So Bruce, come on back to AC – but play somewhere else.

Bruce Springsteen, Please Help Rutgers-Camden

Excuse me, who do you think should help us save Rutgers-Camden?

The Boss!

Uh, no, they don’t mean you, Gov. Christie. You’re not always the Boss. Sometimes, particularly in Jersey, there’s a higher authority.

Some of the folks in the Rutgers-Camden community coalition of students, faculty, staff and community have produced a video they’re hoping Bruce Springsteen sees. They want him to speak out, or sing out, against the merger Chris Christie and Donald Norcross intend between Rutgers-Camden and Rowan Universities; a merger they say would cannibalize highly-rated Rutgers’ southern outpost and reduce the value of its degrees.

Enjoy, and if you know Bruce, send this his way, and take action below:

Against the Ru-Ro merger?

There’s a petition at the R2RMERGE website, against the merger, and portals to the effort’s Twitter, Facebook, blog (currently featuring “Who’s an idiot now?”) and press and info links, and contact info for New Jersey legislators, set up so you can make a lobbying call directly from your computer.  

“Come on Up for the Rising”

While Governor Christie will hobnob today with influential power brokers in NYC, LG Kim Guadagno will attend five 9/11 events in our state. One of them will be at Bergen County’s spacious Overpeck Park on the banks of a creek. Befitting the loss of life of so many county residents, the park has its own World Trade Center Memorial. Engraved stones along its paths commemorate those who died.

For me it was not a political leader, but Bruce Springsteen in his song The Rising who vividly captured the 9/11 experience and expressed the hope that out of the horror some good would come. It is narrated by a fireman, one of many heroes during this awful moment. He  is climbing the World Trade Center stairs through the fire and chaos, “Lost track of how far I’ve gone, how high I’ve climbed. On my back’s a sixty pound stone. On my shoulder a half mile line.” He sees the dead and injured: “Faces gone, black, eyes burnin’ bright. May their precious blood forever bind me.” Thinking perhaps about the effect this event will have on so many remaining friends and family members, he speaks of “Sky of memory and shadow. Sky of longing and emptiness.” Released a year after the event, the song has as its refrain “Come on up for the rising,” suggesting not only the fireman’s excruciating climb upward, but also a religious exhortation that people come on up for a renewal or resurrection, life after death, which provides meaning and hope where initially there was only despair.

PPP poll shows Christie collapse continues

We’ve noticed this in previous public polls, and now PPP confirms Christie is becoming unpopular:

Only 43% of voters in the state approve of the job Christie is doing to 53% who disapprove. That -10 approval spread represents a 13 point decline from when PPP last polled the state in January, when Christie’s standing was 48/45. Christie’s numbers are steady with Republicans. But independents have really turned on him, going from approving by a 55/39 margin to disapproving by a 54/40 margin.

In the head-to-head match-ups with Democrats, Christie consistently gets just 42-43% of the vote. That’s much worse than Senator Menendez’s numbers, and it’s at the level where an incumbent is in real danger. Now, as for specifics, Cory Booker does best (leading 48-43), while Pallone and Sweeney are in statistical ties. Pallone though is unknown statewide while Sweeney is unpopular.  Finally:

we also- at the request of our blog readers and just for fun- looked to see how Bruce Springsteen would fare in a run against Christie. Each would start out at 42%, but there’s a lot more room for growth for the Boss because while only 4% of Republicans are undecided, 23% of Democrats say they’re not sure who they would vote for.

That underlines Christie’s problem. Of course he will get 42% of the vote, any Republican can get that.  But if independents even split evenly the Democrat can and will beat him.  

Bruce Springsteen calls for Marriage Equality in his own home state

Ladies and gentlemen, The Boss – Monmouth County resident that he is – just posted this on his website:


Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I’ve been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton. I’ve long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same sex couples and fully agree with Governor Corzine when he writes that, “The marriage-equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is — a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law.” I couldn’t agree more with that statement and urge those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now.

You’re in good company, Bruce. Good going.

Very truly yours,


Bruce and Billy to play for Barack

I might get my posting privileges revoked for this, but I’d prefer Billy Joel to Bruce Springsteen any day of the week.  But you don’t need to agree with me, because they’re both playing at a Special Concert for Barack Obama:

Join us for CHANGE ROCKS at The Hammerstein Ballroom

featuring Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & Friends.  

Thursday, October 16 @ 8:30 PM


That form asks $2,500 for a Premier Seat, but the NYT says you can get in balcony for a mere $500 contribution.

Update: Atrios points out there is also a free Springsteen concert in Philly.  They are looking for volunteers there.