Reporting from Washington — In just 14 months as governor, Chris Christie has become a conservative hero in part because of the delight with which he's taken on some of his harshest critics, particularly the state teachers union.
But with the barbs now coming from the Boss, New Jersey's governor may have finally met his match.
In a letter to his hometown newspaper, legendary rocker and Garden State icon Bruce Springsteen laments its recent report about how the state was slashing programs that help its poorest citizens while sparing more affluent residents from the budget axe.
"The article is one of the few that highlights the contradictions between a policy of large tax cuts, on the one hand, and cuts in services to those in the most dire conditions, on the other," Springsteen writes to the editors of the Asbury Park Press. "The cuts are eating away at the lower edges of the middle class, not just those already classified as in poverty, and are likely to continue to get worse over the next few years."
Springsteen, identified simply as a Colts Neck resident, does not mention Christie by name. But it's clear he isn't happy with the choices his state's governor is making.