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Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon take a 'Run' at Chris Christie traffic scandal

Jan. 15, 2014 at 9:20 AM ET

Soon-to-be "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon busted out his musical comedy chops once again on "Late Night" Tuesday, and this time, he had a little fun at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's expense.

The 2016 GOP presidential hopeful has been facing scrutiny after reports tied one of his aides to the George Washington Bridge traffic snarl after lanes were closed last fall in retaliation against a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Christie's re-election.

The late-night host, dressed as an '80s-era Bruce Springsteen, reworked the rocker's classic hit "Born to Run" and delivered a slowed down, acoustic tune with lyrics from the working man's point of view.

"In the day we sweat it out on the streets stuck in traffic on the GWB," Fallon-as-Springsteen sang. "They shut down the tollbooths of glory because we didn't endorse Christie. ... We gotta get out but we can't. We're stuck in Gov. Chris Christie's Fort Lee, N.J., traffic jam!"

Midsong, the real Boss himself — also dressed in his signature '80s look — joined the comedian in the reworking of his hit. "The press conference went on and on, it was longer than one of my own damn shows," Springsteen crooned. "Someday, governor, I don't know when, this will all end but 'til then you're killing the working man who's stuck in Gov. Chris Christie's Fort Lee, N.J., traffic jam!"

The governor gave a two-hour press conference after the scandal broke. Springsteen himself made headlines in 2012 after giving his first four-hour concert, which happened in Helsinki, Finland. 

One thing viewers likely noticed during the Sprinsteen-Fallon jam, thanks to the sleeveless denim shirts, were The Boss' well-toned arms. They certainly didn't escape the comedian's notice.

"We had a little push-up contest going backstage. We had to get the look right," Springsteen said of the pair's performance outfit.

"I was doing it because, I didn't tell you, 'cause your arms are so jacked, I'm like, 'I got my wimpy comedian arms!'" Fallon laughed. "I did, like, 100 push-ups! ... You out-push-upped me! I just broke down! You beat me! You killed me!"

Fallon wasn't the only admiring The Boss' arms.

"When we showed that video here on the set for the first time, all the girls could say is, 'Check out Bruce's arms. Guns!' " TODAY host Matt Lauer joked Wednesday. He also called the Springsteen-Fallon performance "so creative" and "so clever."

Springsteen just released his 18th studio album, "High Hopes," Tuesday.

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