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Now "Friends," Christie & Springsteen Hug

N.J.'s governor meets N.J.'s favorite son as both pledge to help repair the Garden State



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    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan.

    New Jersey's famously tough-talking governor finally got a hug from his longest-running unrequited love -- Bruce Springsteen. And he said The Boss told him "it's official, we're friends." 

    Speaking Monday at a briefing on storm recovery, Gov. Chris Christie revealed he unexpectedly spoke with Springsteen earlier in the day and had met him at NBC's Sandy benefit on Friday night.

    Christie was discussing storm-related matters with President Barack Obama when Obama handed the phone to Springsteen, he said.

    “(Obama) told me in times of difficulty that the only thing better than one Jersey guy is two Jersey guys,” Christie said.

    The Boss was traveling with Obama as part of a campaign trip to swing states.

    “Bruce said to me how proud he was of his state and how proud he was of the people in his state and how tough they are and he will be back to the Jersey Shore soon,” Christie said.

    Christie also said he got a hug from Springsteen at Friday's benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

    “Bruce and I had an opportunity to chat for a while Friday night… we hugged and he told me, ‘it’s official, we’re friends.’”

    The prominent Obama supporter had never previously acknowledged the Republican governor. Christie considers himself among The Boss' biggest fans and has attended hundreds of his concerts -- even singing Springsteen’s “Thunder Road” on a recent visit to "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."

    Christie has praised Obama's handling of the storm, while continuing to back former Massachsuetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the tightly-contested presidential race.

    Christie says he wept at home after getting a hug from his idol, calling it a major highlight during a tough week.

    He also said Springsteen is dedicated to helping Sandy Relief.

    “Bruce has said he’s going to be here to help this community of New Jersey,” Christie said.