NJ.com – by Amy Kuperinsky/The Star-Ledger
They took to the stage dressed in “Born in the U.S.A.” ensembles, wearing sleeveless denim button-downs, aviator sunglasses and red bandanas.
Tonight, Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon sang about none other than Gov. Chris Christie.
The song, called “Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey Traffic Jam,” riffed on the George Washington Bridge scandal involving Christie’s staff and lane closures to the bridge in Fort Lee.
Set to the tune of “Born to Run,” the song included lyrics like, “They shut down the tollbooths of glory ’cause we didn’t endorse Chris Christie.” Fallon imitated Springsteen’s voice before Springsteen joined in, pounding the chorus.
“Man, I’ve gotta take a leak, but I can’t,” he sang. “I’m stuck in Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jaaaaam.”
“The press conference went on and on,” the song continued, referencing Christie’s recent “Bridgegate” apology. “It was longer than one of my own damn shows,” Springsteen lamented.
At one point, the duo addressed Christie: “You’re killing the working man/who’s stuck in Governor Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam.”
“I gotta take a leak,” Springsteen cried, towards the end of the performance. “I really gotta take a leak.”
Springsteen and the E Street Band were scheduled guests on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” to promote their new album “High Hopes.” Fallon opened his show monologue with a few jabs at Christie.
Over the years, Springsteen and Fallon have joined forces for two other song segments. The late-night host, known for his prowess in mimicking musicians, as seen on “Saturday Night Live,” has traditionally portrayed Neil Young in jamming with The Boss on some unlikely songs — Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” and LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It.”
While Fallon donned Young’s hat and harmonica for the songs, Springsteen has dressed as … himself … in different period outfits. First, a cap meant to emulate his “Born to Run” look, then the “Born in the U.S.A.” denim.
Christie‘s Springsteen fandom has been widely documented. As of 2012, he said he had been to 129 Springsteen concerts. He even tweeted his top 10 Springsteen songs. The No. 1 track: “Thunder Road.”
Also that year, Gov. Christie appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and sang a duet of “Thunder Road” with the talk show host. ( In 2013, the governor also “slow-jammed the news” with Fallon to talk about the state’s special senate election.) At hisinaugural gala in 2010, Christie got up on stage, bopping his head as he cracked into “Glory Days,” “Badlands” and “Born to Run.”
But it was Christie who trumped Springsteen and other New Jersey figures to star in a “Stronger than the Storm” state tourism commercial, according to a report from Politico. The very same ad that’s now under scrutiny.
4 thoughts on “Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon sing Chris Christie ‘New Jersey Traffic Jam’ song”
LOL good one Angel 😉
Thanks. Thought you would get a laugh out of that one, digger. 🙂
I noticed that the video keeps pausing every few seconds to “Reload.” This one doesn’t do that:
Yes Angel, it does seem to play a little clearer too. That would be a good one to send to christie. Was the audience booing the song or christie?, hard not to notice that , anyway Angel, good post, Oh Yea,nope Iam not putting that on my favorites because I already got too many on there already oh well Angel, I guess that I am thinking about adding just one more to that favorites list 😆 😎
LOL. No, his Fans were shouting/chanting “Bruce.” It comes out sounding like Boo. 🙂