Gov. Christie is A True Fan of Springsteen
Governor Chris Christie has found many ways to get attention for himself by just being himself - outspoken, no nonsense and unafraid. No doubt that yesterday's plea for Bruce Springsteen to play at the Revel Casino to help the Atlantic City economy and boost this new resort is the obvious thing to say, but there is passion in his words as the governor is a true fan of "The Boss".
Christie was quoted by the Press of Atlantic City as saying "I think (Springsteen) has missed out on the opportunity to open this place because Beyonce has picked up on the mantle. He has to do something for the fall … so cut out Labor Day weekend and come here." The governor has a point of missed opportunity - Jersey's Rock Hero opening the 5,000-seat Ovation Hall at Revel for several days would have been a slam dunk. Beyonce should sell-out, as well as Maroon 5 during their opening preview, but the Jersey ties that bind would have created a wonderful story.
Gov. Christie could have easily said Bon Jovi for this honor, and they would have been another band deserved of opening a venue that is the centerpiece of the Atlantic City revival project, but as it turns out the governor is a serious fan of "The Boss", having seen him what will be 127 times come Thursday in Philly.
Word is that Revel would love to have Springsteen if he is up for it, but no word has been reported from Springsteen's camp yet.
The Press of Atlantic City brings a closer look at this story from reporter Hoa Nguyen (worth your time to read).
SIDE-NOTE: Tom Morgan of the SoJO Morning Show posted earlier that he would love to see Bruce in Atlantic City - I mean who wouldn't, but there will be a throw-down between Tom and I on who will be interviewing him. Being that I grew up one town away from him home town (Marlboro), know exactly the area in Freehold he is from, still own vinyl records of Springsteen, and have spent over 10 years of my radio career in the Garden State begging for that chance ................... makes me sound like a stalker right now!