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When Bosses Collide

March 31, 2011

When it comes to New Jersey state government, Gov. Chris Christie (R) is the boss. But when it comes to everything else in the Garden State, that title is held by Bruce Springsteen.

A recent article in a New Jersey newspaper that touched on, among other things, some of Christie's proposed spending cuts piqued the boss' (er, the one that has his own band) interest.

In a letter to the editor that was printed in New Jersey's Asbury Park Press, Springsteen praises a recent story the paper ran titled "As poverty rises, cuts target aid."

"The article is one of the few that highlights the contradictions between a policy of large tax cuts, on the one hand, and cuts in services to those in the most dire conditions, on the other," Springsteen writes.

The story Springsteen cites looks at, among other things, some portions of Christie's budget proposal that anti-poverty groups want reversed.

Even though their politics may not align (Springsteen supported President Obama and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in the last two presidential elections), Christie is a big Springsteen fan, and a 2009 article indicated he had attended 120 Springsteen concerts.

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