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New Jersey’s #1 ambassador (with apologies to Chris Christie, who would probably agree with us), Bruce Springsteen, rocked the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief last night.

The Boss kicked off the four-and-a-half-hour-plus show – which also featured a Nirvana reunion – with "Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball" and "City of Ruins."

Bruce Springsteen 12-12-12 Concert Performance

"For 25 years, if you go to Asbury [Park] in the summer, and there was no one on its beaches, no one on its boardwalk," Springsteen said in introducing "City of Ruins."

"Then, over the past decade, thanks to an arts community, thanks to the gay community, thanks to people who lived there and toughed it out, the town has had a renaissance."


"The Jersey Shore’s always been a special place. It’s been inclusive."

"I’m sure there will be a lot of difficult conversations when the rebuilding comes around, but I pray that that characteristic remains along the Jersey Shore."

Springsteen then brought out Jon Bon Jovi, another of the Garden State’s homegrown heroes, to jam with the E Street Band on his 1975 classic, "Born to Run."

Pretty much as cool as it gets.