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The legendary Stone Pony stage in Asbury Park has witnessed some of Bruce Springsteen’s greatest musical moments. But one of the most miraculous moments in the Boss’ career might have been when Springsteen, an unapologetic Democrat, publicly embraced Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. For one galvanizing moment, the two most famous men in New Jersey, politically divided, were personally united by a common cause: save and restore the Jersey Shore.
In the same spirit of sudden post-Sandy unity, the Monmouth County Democratic Organization, the Monmouth County Republican Committee and the New Leaders Council NJ are teaming up to sponsor a Hurricane Sandy relief concert at the Stone Pony. The bipartisan blowout will take place on Sunday, December 30, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m..
The event will feature multiple bands, whose sets will be interspersed with brief speeches by elected officials and dignitaries. Confirmed bands for the event include the B Street Band, The Pat Roddy Band, Joe Orlando and the Cryers, Vinny Pastore and the Crazy Horse Band and Back Up Jackson. NJ 101.5’s Kevin McArdle will emcee the event.
The New Jersey Young Republicans and the New Jersey Young Democrats are also sponsoring the event, according to a Monmouth County Democratic Organization press release issued Thursday.
“We look forward to working with Chairman Bennett and the Monmouth County Republicans to assist all of our neighbors across Monmouth County who were affected by this horrible storm. Monmouth Democrats and Republicans share the hope and determination to rebuild and restore our great county and state,” said Vin Gopal, chairman of the Monmouth County Democrats.
“This is an excellent opportunity for putting aside partisan differences to help our friends and neighbors begin putting their lives back together,” said John Bennett, chairman of the Monmouth County Republicans.
Tickets will start at $25 for general admission. All proceeds raised at the event will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Attendees can also bring food and cleaning supplies for donation to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Both sides of the political aisle agreed that during this particular post-Sandy holiday season, the time has come to stop fighting and start fundraising to help restore the Jersey Shore.
“We wanted to bridge the political divide by bringing people together to help make a difference for those in need,” said Justin Braz, president of the New Jersey chapter of the New Leaders Council, a national political progressive group geared towards training young professionals to be civic leaders.
“We are proud to be a part of this effort raising awareness and funds to rebuild the Jersey Shore and surrounding communities,” said Chris James, president of the New Jersey Young Democrats.
“This is a great chance for our organizations to combine efforts for a worthy cause that will benefit our community,” added Tony Howley, chairman of the New Jersey Young Republicans.
For more information about the event, contact Joe Grillo, executive director of the Monmouth County Democratic Organization and chairman of the Asbury Park Democrats, at 732-739-8888.
This story appeared originally on NJ.com
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