Bon Jovi tours N.J. town with Christie, donates $1M to Sandy relief fund

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Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi walked through his hometown of Sayreville, N.J., with Gov. Chris Christie on Monday before announcing his donation of $1 million to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.

“My being here is not political. It’s emotional because I grew up here. I went to school here. I met my wife here,” Mr. Bon Jovi told a crowd of supporters at an event to announce the donation. “And in the days following the storm, when I visited these streets and spoke to the residents, one thought that came to me time and time again was, ‘what can I do?’”

The rocker presented the check to Mr. Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, who oversees the relief fund. Mrs. Christie said the fund has raised more than $38 million since the storm in October.

“I know that this million dollars sounds like a lot but it’s really just a drop in the bucket,” Mr. Bon Jovi said. “What I like to call the ‘power of we,’ the coming together — that means you, me, us — we are taking a step today to rebuild lives.”

The men toured a residential street about four miles from where Mr. Bon Jovi said he grew up.

“These aren’t vacation homes, they aren’t second homes,” he told the Philly Inquirer. “It’s the kind of community where both parents worked full time. This is the kind of place that’s middle class America, a hard-working community.”

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