Watch Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon Slam Chris Christie in “Born to Run” Parody


On Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen stopped by NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where he helped deliver a scathing comic critique of New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Springsteen and host Jimmy Fallon sang and played and duet of “Gov. Christie Traffic Jam,” an original parody of Springsteen’s classic “Born to Run.” (Watch above.)

The lyrics take aim at the Christie administration Bridgegate scandal, and include lines about the lane closure being a “bitch slap” to state Democrats, and how Gov. Christie’s press conference last week was longer than a Springsteen concert.

“You’re killing the working man who’s stuck in the Gov. Chris Christie Fort Lee, New Jersey, traffic jam!” Springsteen and Fallon belt out.

The governor’s office did not respond to a request for comment on Springsteen and Fallon’s joint indictment of his administration—but it’s not hard to imagine that Christie would feel a little stung by it. Christie is a huge fan of Springsteen and has clearly yearned for The Boss to be his friend. The Jersey-born rock star is a staunch liberal and only recently embraced (literally) the Republican governor in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Fallon and Christie also have a history. The governor appeared on Fallon’s show last year to “slow jam” the news (in a bit that included a reference to “Born to Run”), and to participate in a gag about his weight.

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