Chris Christie: The Springsteen Tracker

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From New Jersey Public Radio

To understand Chris Christie you need to consider his Bruce Springsteen obsession.

Come on, the man has been to over 130 Bruce shows.

This week, the Christie Tracker Podcast looks at Christie, the Springsteen super fan – who follows Bruce to shows, writes about him on message boards and trades tapes with fellow fans.

New Jersey Public Radio’s Matt Katz guides us through Christie’s life of worship at the Church of Springsteen and explains why messages posted 15 years ago shed light on the governor’s personality today. We ponder how Christie could be so attracted to the musical messages of a political polar opposite. And speaking with host David Furst, Matt explains why he finds the old posts endearing.

As he puts it, ‘This is a total geek, geeking out with other geeks.’

Also:

Christie was back in the state with the country’s first primary last week. He held several town hall meetings in New Hampshire and some polls suggest he may be starting to gain a little traction there.

Scott Conroy, Senior Political Reporter with the Huffington Post joins us to wrap up the week.

Check out the WNYC Data News App: The Christie Tracker.