Asbury Park Press: Springsteen, Bon Jovi join Christie-led Sandy NJ Relief Fund
Chris Jordan | Asbury Park Press
Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Gov. Chris Christie are joining forces to rebuild New Jersey.
Springsteen and Bon Jovi are members of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund advisory board, the Relief Fund announced on Tuesday. State first lady Mary Pat Christie, Gov. Christie's wife, created the fund to help in the in the long-term recovery effort following superstorm Sandy.
"The destruction that New Jersey has sustained is heartbreaking," Springsteen said in a Relief Fund press release. "I'm humbled to play a small role by supporting the New Jersey Relief Fund and know that all of us will rally together to help our neighbors to come back better and stronger."
The Relief Fund has raised more $16 million from 7,000 donors, including a $2.5 million donation from the Hess Corporation.
"Today's announcement is a sign of how resilient and caring New Jerseyans really are," Christie said in the same Relief fund statement. "As we continue to work side-by-side to help our fellow residents, I am moved by the compassion and empathy we feel for those most affected."
The announcement is the first time Springsteen and Christie have worked together for together for a common cause. The Boss has kept Christie, an unabashed Springsteen fan and a Republican, at arm's length since Christie took office. Springsteen has supported Democrat candidates nationally for the last three presidential elections.
Springsteen and Christie, formerly on non-speaking terms, met several times post-Sandy and on one occasion the two hugged, causing Christie to weep, according to reports.
Springsteen and Bon Jovi shared the same stage during the "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" Red Cross benefit Friday, Nov. 2 on NBC and will also do so at the "12-12-12 (A Concert For Sandy Relief)" Dec. 12 from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund advisory board also includes "Live with Kelly and Michael" co-host Kelly Ripa, TV's Dr. Oz and Kevin Jonas from the Jersey-raised Jonas Brothers.
Donations can be made online at SandyNJReliefFund.org or mailed to Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Relief Fund, Inc., PO Box 95, Mendham NJ, 07945-0095. You can also text text "NJ" to 41444 to donate.