Bruce Springsteen performs spoof version of 'Born To Run' lampooning US politician – watch

New version of song has lyrics about Fort Lee, New Jersey 'bridgegate' scandal

Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon performed a spoof version of the singer's 'Born To Run' on US TV show Late Night last night (January 14).

The song was reworked in reference to the ongoing 'bridgegate' scandal, in which an aide working for New Jersey governor is accused of orchestrating traffic mayhem on the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey to Manhattan. The gridlock was allegedly intended to punish a Democratic mayor who did not endorse the governor's re-election.

On the show, New Jersey native Springsteen and host Fallon both wore the singer's familiar 'Born To Run'-era sleeveless denim and red bandana. New lyrics to the song included: "They shut down the tollbooths of glory 'cause we didn't endorse Chris Christie," and "Man, I've gotta take a leak, but I can't, "I'm stuck in Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam."

The song will no doubt be a dubious honour for the governor, who claims to know all the lyrics to Springsteen's songs, has quoted lyrics in speeches and says he has attended more than 100 of his concerts,
reports MSNBC. Christie met Obama-supporter Springsteen at a benefit for Superstorm Sandy victims in October 2012, when the politician and the singer hugged. Christie admitted he cried after the encounter. "I told the president today, actually, that the hug was great and when we got home, there was a lot of weeping because of the hug," Christie said at the time. "And the president asked why. I said, 'Well, to be honest, I was the one doing the weeping.'"


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