New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi announced his $1 million contribution to New Jersey’s Sandy Relief Fund Monday, reports CNN
"My being here is not political. It's emotional because I grew up here. I went to school here. I met my wife here," he said at an event in his hometown of Sayreville, N.J., held to announce the donation. "And in the days following the storm, when I visited these streets and spoke to the residents, one thought that came to me time and time again was what can I do?"
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie applauded the rock star, saying both he and his wife have always considered New Jersey a part of who they are.
“They always have New Jersey as part of who they are and in their heart,” the governor, who has been widely discussed as a potential GOP presidential candidate for 2016, said.
Bon Jovie and Christie walked the streets together to talk with residents affected by the October superstorm that destroyed the New Jersey shoreline – Christie in tie and Bon Jovi in blue blazer and jeans
"I know that this million dollars sounds like a lot but it's really just a drop in the bucket," Bon Jovi said. "What I like to call the 'power of we,' the coming together–that means you, me, us–we are taking a step today to rebuild lives."
Bon Jovi presented his sizeable check to Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, who started the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief fund
. The fund has raised more than $38 million dollars since its inception from 29,000 donors and distributed 51 grants to help people and businesses recover following the storm.
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