Jersey’s Boss and The Boss [UPDATED]
Love or hate Jeffrey Goldberg’s politics, he’s an unbelievably good writer. Love or hate Chris Christie’s politics, no one would say that he’s uninteresting. Love or hate Bruce Springsteen’s politics, no one with a heartbeat would say that he’s anything less than a musical genius. All of which means that Jeffrey Goldberg’s article about his night with Chris Christie at a Bruce Springsteen concert is about the most compelling reading you’ll find today.
As a personal editorial note, I’ll just say that the article pretty well encapsulates why I’ve come to have a fairly high amount of respect for my state’s governor, at least by politician standards, despite supporting the third party candidate in the election. Yes,this is something of a puff piece, but there’s a limit to how much can be faked in a puff piece. Christie is an actual human being with multiple layers and an actual capacity for independent thought. When he’s being insincere and just playing politics, which is fairly infrequent, you know it. There’s one brief passage in the linked piece where I think that insincerity comes out – see if you can spot it.
UPDATE: Scott Galupo’s response to Goldberg’s article pretty much nails what I was trying to get at in my second paragraph:
In the piece, Christie evinces many of the things — unbridled passion, outspokenness, and, yes, rudeness — I love about the place I’ll always consider my home state, no matter how long I live in the Old Dominion….
This has nothing to do, I should add, with the phenomenon of a politician seeming more “human” because of character flaws, like a history of infidelity. As far as we can tell from the outside, Christie seems like he’s as good a husband and father as Romney is.
In a word, Chris Christie is Jersey.
Just like, as Mark Bowden describes him, Ed Rendell is Philly, the other end of the axis of my homeplace…