'Born to Run' Parody Pokes Fun at Christie Bridge-gate Scandal (Video)

Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 12:18 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Jimmy Fallon teamed up with Bruce Springsteen this week to poke fun at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's "Bridge-gate" scandal with a parody of the classic song "Born to Run."

On Tuesday's episode of the NBC show "Late Night," Fallon donned a denim vest, red bandana, and aviator sunglasses and delivered his own version of "Born to Run," which included a dig at Christie's long press conference.

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Halfway through, he was joined by The Boss himself who sang from the perspective of an angry driver stuck in "Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam."


The governor is under fire after news broke last week that one of his top aides spearheaded the September lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that caused a massive traffic gridlock that overflowed into the streets of nearby towns, like Fort Lee, N.J.

Christie gave nearly a two-hour press conference Thursday denying any involvement and saying he was "embarrassed and humiliated" by his aide's "stupid and deceitful" actions.

Reportedly a huge Springsteen fan, Christie appeared on Fallon's show in 2012 and sang part of "Thunder Road."

Here are the full lyrics to Fallon and Springsteen's "Born to Run" parody:

Jimmy:
In the day we sweat it out on the streets stuck in traffic on the GWB
They shut down the tollbooths of glory because we didn't endorse Christie
Sprung from cages on Highway 9
We got three lanes closed, So Jersey get your ass in line

Ooohhh, baby this Bridge-gate was just pay back
It's a b— slap to the state Democrats
We gotta get out but we can't,
We're stuck in Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam.

[The real Springsteen walks out]


Bruce:
Governor, let me in, I wanna be your friend
They'll be no partisan divisions
Let me wrap my legs 'round your mighty rims
And relieve your stressful conditions

We've got Wall Street masters stuck cheek to cheek
With blue-collar truckers, and man I really gotta take a leak
But I can't
I'm stuck in Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam

[Guitar solo]


1, 2, 3, 4!

Jimmy:
Highways jammed with pissed off drivers with no place left to go
And the press conference went on and on

Bruce:
It was longer than one of my own damn shows

Jimmy:
Some day Governor, I don't know when
This will all end, but 'til then

Together:
You're killin' the workin' man.
Who's stuck in Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam.
Whoa whoa whoa!
Whoa whoa whoa!

Bruce:
I gotta take a leak! I really gotta take a leak!

Together:
Down in Jersey land!




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