He was livin’ on a prayer he wouldn’t have to talk to Chris Christie.
Patrick Carney, the drummer for bluesy rock twosome the Black Keys, recounted a story in which a famous Garden State rocker essentially asked him to take his hand so he could make it through a celebrity-swamped event attended by exceedingly unpopular New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, he swears.
“I’ve met Bon Jovi once, and it was actually at Howard Stern’s birthday party,” Carney told Vice News. “Chris Christie, he was in the room, and Jon Bon Jovi came over and started talking to me. Like, really intensely.”
The musician behind such hits as “Lonely Boy” and “Tighten Up” tensed up only to quickly realize why he suddenly found himself straddling a steel horse of a conversation with the rock and roll cowboy.
Dan Auerbach, right, and Patrick Carney, aka the Black Keys, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn
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“I was like, ‘Why does Jon Bon Jovi want to talk to me?’ And I realized it was just because he didn’t want to talk to Chris Christie,” Carney said.
In a 2015 interview with ultra-right website LifeZette, the beach-closing boss besieged by Bridgegate made the surprising reveal that he formally prefers Bon Jovi over Bruce Springsteen despite once claiming to have attended 130 of the Boss’ concerts over the last 40 years.
Bon Jovi has publicly stated that he’s given Christie permission to use his songs for campaigning, claiming, “My friendships are apolitical,” while Springsteen once joined with Jimmy Fallon to sing a parody of his hit “Born to Run,” the lyrics altered to focus on “the working man who’s stuck in Gov. Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey, traffic jam.”