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'Dancing in the zzzz...': New Jersey governor dozes off during Springsteen concert

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce SpringsteenDavid Goldman / AP

It would seem nearly impossible for anyone to fall asleep at one of Bruce Springsteen’s high-energy shows, yet New Jersey Governor Chris Christie apparently managed to do just that.

The New York Post reported that the politician, a self-proclaimed huge fan of his state's native son, noticably dozed off during The Boss’ show Monday night at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Performing for the likes of Jon Stewart, Clive Davis, Christiane Amanpour, and Questlove, the rock star is said to have had everyone on their feet for the lengthy performance. Everyone, that is, except for the Republican politician.

“The governor was very active during the show,” a source told the newspaper. “Bruce started talking about ‘supporting food banks in New York and New Jersey,’ and ‘how people have been hit hard,’ and Christie was riveted. Then Bruce performed ‘Rocky Ground,’ and Christie visibly started fading.”

According to the report, a fan-generated photo was circulated showing the governor resting his head on his hand, and he could not be roused. Additional sources told the paper that one rowdy fan shouted, “Wake up, Governor!” over the music, which got a reaction from Christie’s security team, but not the political leader.

Christie says he has seen nearly 130 of the rocker’s shows. A representative from his office would not confirm the concert nap.

NBC Philadelphia suggests the governor has been trying to coax Springsteen into playing at Revel, Atlantic City's new $2.4 million casino, over Labor Day weekend. Christie also attended Springsteen's March 29 Philadelphia concert, where he seems to have been more attentive, sending 17 tweets live from the show.

In fact, even the song that may have put him to sleep at the New York concert got a nod in his Philadelphia concert tweets, with the governor writing, “Soulful rendition of "Rocky Ground" dedicated by Bruce to his Mom who is in the house tonight. #meetmeinAC”

By contrast, at Monday’s show in New York, Christie didn't tweet at all.

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