Bruce Springsteen vs Chris Christie

The real reason Bruce won't play Christie's inauguration

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Incoming New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, fresh off his electoral victory, wants to celebrate by inviting Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen to play his inauguration. Too bad, Christie: Springsteen has spurned the request, telling Christie's brother he "doesn't want to get involved in state politics."

But Springsteen has been very involved in national politics, playing big shows in support of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and Barack Obama. Christie, however, is a Republican. That could help explain why Bruce's ban on state-level involvement lasted exactly one day. On Wednesday, he took to his website to condemn New Jersey politicians who failed to act on gay marriage, reiterating his support for outgoing Governor Jon Corzine, a Democrat.

Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I've been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton. I've long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same sex couples and fully agree with Governor Corzine when he writes that, "The marriage-equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is -- a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law." I couldn't agree more with that statement and urge those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now.
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