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Fallon and Springsteen mock Bruce superfan Chris Christie -- VIDEO

Picture this: You’re Bruce Springsteen’s biggest fan. You’ve seen him in concert at least 130 times; you know the words to every song he’s ever written; one time, he gave you a hug, and you responded by bursting into tears.

Then you find out that your idol spent last night making fun of you on national television.

That’s the curious situation in which New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie finds himself this morning, days after his administration was first rocked by the scandal I guess we’re officially calling “bridgegate.” (Why? Everyone knows Watergate wasn’t actually about water, right?) Tuesday’s edition of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon featured Fallon breaking out his well-worn Bruce impression for a revamped version of “Born to Run” all about that infamous GWB traffic jam. And partway through the performance, Fallon was joined by none other than Springsteen himself — in a matching cutoff button down, red bandana, and pair of sunglasses. This, too, might make Christie cry… though clearly for different reasons.

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Chris Christie eats doughnut before telling fat jokes (about himself) on 'Letterman' -- VIDEO

Watch out, Cory Booker: Another government bigshot is making a play for the title of New Jersey’s most likeable politician.

For months, Governor Chris Christie has been one of David Letterman’s favorite targets. (Insert joke about a target that’s easy to hit here.) And though Christie isn’t always willing to entertain discussion of that weighty topic — see how he shot down Barbara Walters during her “Most Fascinating People” special last year — he was more than a good sport about it yesterday, casually pulling out a doughnut as soon as he sat down with Dave. His explanation? “I didn’t know this was gonna be this long.”

Christie’s geniality continued as he assured Dave that he doesn’t mind fat jokes, as long as they’re funny. He then recited a few of his favorite Letterman digs at his own expense as the host looked on, chuckling in a mixture of amusement and embarrassment. It’s sort of like those “celebrities read mean tweets about themselves” videos on Jimmy Kimmel, except much more intense (and with free doughnuts!). Grab a pastry and watch for yourself below:

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Newark Mayor/American hero Cory Booker sends what may be history's greatest tweet

If you’re a citizen of the Internet, you’re familiar with Cory Booker — Newark’s take-charge mayor, famous for personally shoveling one constituent’s driveway in 2010 and pulling another out of a burning building this spring. Since Hurricane Sandy hit, the social media-savvy politician has been busier than ever, inviting victims to watch DVDs at his house, delivering blankets to Newark residents who lost power after the storm, and otherwise working tirelessly to aid relief efforts.

It seems like Booker is everywhere, fixing problem after problem with the sheer force of his awesomeness… which may be why Irish account executive Lee Daly thought it’d be a good idea to ask the mayor if he could fix a pothole in Daly’s hometown. His facetious request inspired what might be the best tweet ever tweeted:

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Jon Bon Jovi tours post-Sandy Jersey: 'It's hard to see your hometown devastated like this' -- VIDEO

For many celebrities, Hurricane Sandy literally hit home — which explains why they’re so eager to help the storm’s victims. New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi, for instance, was in London when Sandy hit. But within days, he returned to the U.S. and got to work touring damage in the Garden State, urging his fellow Americans to donate to relief efforts, and preparing to perform in NBC’s upcoming Hurricane Sandy benefit concert.

The musician appeared visibly shaken on the Today show this morning, where he described the devastating experience of seeing firsthand how Sandy had destroyed his hometown. Bon Jovi said that his grammar school has been turned into a shelter; he also spoke with several “hard-working, blue collar people” whose houses were leveled when the hurricane struck. Footage of wreckage and flooded streets played as he spoke. Still, the rocker hasn’t lost hope — “I think as Americans, we all come together in these times of need,” he told the Today crew. “We’ve done it before.” See the clip below:

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Jimmy Fallon and Chris Christie duet on 'Thunder Road' -- VIDEO

Springsteen worship is a given for New Jersey residents; kids there practically memorize Born to Run before they can walk. Fittingly, the state’s governor may be the biggest Bruce fan of all. As Chris Christie told Jimmy Fallon last night, he’s seen Springsteen live 130 times over the past 37 years. And when Christie watches his idol, he doesn’t just listen quietly with his hands folded in his lap — he pumps his fist and screams along with every song, just as the Boss and nature intended. Christie’s love evidently has no political bounds — the Republican must not mind that Springsteen is a vocal Obama supporter.

Fallon, of course, is also a huge Springsteen fan — and he wasn’t about to let the governor get away without engaging in a little karaoke. Thus, this:

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