Greetings to Asbury Park Press: Boss Thanks Paper for Attention to Poverty

Mar 31, 2011 12:20pm

ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: 

Moved by an article in his local paper, the Boss has once again waded into politics.

In a letter to the editor published in his local paper, the Asbury Park Press, Bruce Springsteen applauds an article on state budget cuts and the dire straits of anti-poverty groups.

The article is one of the few that highlights the contradictions between a policy of large tax cuts, on the one hand, and cuts in services to those in the most dire conditions, on the other,” writes the music legend.

New Jersey’s Governor, Republican Governor Chris Christie has proposed steep cuts to state assistance programs and the article that caught Springsteen’s eye focused on how those cuts would curb services for the poor.

“These are voices that in our current climate are having a hard time being heard, not just in New Jersey, but nationally,” writes Springsteen. “Finally, your article shows that the cuts are eating away at the lower edges of the middle class, not just those already classified as in poverty, and are likely to continue to get worse over the next few years. I'm always glad to see my hometown newspaper covering these issues.”

The letter is signed, “Bruce Springsteen, COLTS NECK”.

Springsteen, whose lyrics are often about the downtrodden in society, is no stranger to national or New Jersey politics.

The conservative governor suggesting the cuts to poverty programs, for instance, is a fanatical Springsteen fan and had a cover band play his inauguration, when Springsteen declined.

Springsteen has endorsed and played concerts for Democratic candidates in the past, including John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008. And he was particularly involved in the 1984 Presidential campaign, when the meaning of his song “Born in the U.S.A.” became something of a campaign issue.

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