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Governor Christie: I Would Never Fall Asleep During A Springsteen Show

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Published on Apr 19, 2012

Employment First. April 19, 2012 (Trancript Below)

Governor Christie: How ridiculous is that? First of all, this shows you the level of intrusiveness now into my life, OK? Some joker taking pictures of me at Madison Square Garden—I'll tell you exactly what happened. I was sitting there. Where's Deborah Gramiccioni? She was in the hallway. Where's Gramiccioni? Get over here. Come here. Get up here. Come on Deborah. I don't want you to take my word for it. Deborah, get on up here. All the way up Deborah. All the way up. All of you know my policy chief Deborah Gramiccioni. Now Deborah and I were at the concert together at Madison Square Garden. You were sitting next to me, were you not?

Deborah Gramiccioni: Yes I was.

Governor Christie: Did at any time—we were in the US Attorney's Office together so we're used to doing this. At any time Deborah during the show did I fall asleep?

Deborah Gramiccioni: Absolutely not.

Governor Christie: Thank you. You're done now Deborah. That's good. Well done Deborah.

What happened was during Rocky Ground, which is kind of really a spiritual song, people sat. So I sat up on the seat and I put my head back and closed my eyes and listened to the song. When I was fist pumping during Badlands I'm glad no one took pictures of that. When I was singing to Out in the Street thankfully no one took pictures of that. When I was contorting myself during Because the Night no one took pictures of that. I was sitting there listening, for those of you who have the disc, listen to Rocky Ground, a very spiritual song. I sat back, closed my eyes and listened to the song. Now what they're conflating, what the New York Post conflated was earlier in the show there's a song called Death of my Hometown, which is off the new disc and Bruce did one of his little speeches beforehand. You know, about the robber barons and the rich and the 1%, the normal Bruce stuff. And at that time somebody who was apparently not a political supporter of mine yelled from a few rows back "Hear that? Wake up Governor. Wake up." Now the joker who took the picture which was much later on in the evening conflated the two stories to make it sound better to whoever he sold it to on Page 6. The guy was asking me to wake up politically during Death of my Hometown and that I was kind of taking in spiritually, Rocky Ground. So that's the explanation of the story. I have never fallen asleep during a Bruce Springsteen show. I will never fall asleep during a Bruce Springsteen show.

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