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Victorious N.J. guv sticks with 'Boss' theme

Chris Christie's victory-party podium had a look reminiscent of a Bruce Springsteen album cover.

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Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Chris Christie was re-elected governor of New Jersey on Tuesday, but even he knows he's not the true boss of the Garden State.

While celebrating his victory, which many pundits believe puts him at the top of the list of 2016 Republican presidential contenders, Christie paid homage to Bruce Springsteen, his favorite musician. Springsteen, whose nickname long has been “The Boss,” is not a Christie supporter, but that obviously doesn't bother the governor.

Christie held his victory party in Asbury Park, the town where Springsteen launched his career. The sign on Christie's podium strongly resembled the cover of Springsteen's 1973 album, “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.” And the song that played when Christie finally exited for the evening? Springsteen's “Badlands.”

Despite their political differences, Christie is one of Springsteen's most dedicated fans. He has attended more than 100 Springsteen concerts and wept after meeting The Boss last year.

MAYORAL ELECTION DOESN'T END ENMITY. Once an adversary, always an adversary.

Despite having claimed that they had (mostly) buried the hatchet, outgoing Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Mayor-elect Bill Peduto don't appear to be on course to ever be the best of friends.

That was evident at Peduto's election night victory party, where the mayor-elect said he doubted Ravenstahl had voted for him. Despite Ravenstahl's claim on Monday that he would cast his ballot for Peduto, the mayor-elect said the Lukester never would do that.

Asked whom he thought Ravenstahl had voted for, Peduto said, “Probably Les Ludwig.” That would be the 80-year-old perennial independent mayoral candidate who finished with 3 percent of the vote.

Another sign that the animosity continues: Ravenstahl didn't make a congratulatory call to Peduto on Tuesday.

VICTOR'S VICTUALS. Before heading to his victory celebration in Homewood, Peduto took his entire family, four childhood friends and their parents to dinner at Josza Corner in Hazelwood. The fare wasn't what you'd find at most chain buffet places, as the entourage dined on Hungarian and Transylvanian goulash.

GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN. Singer Cyndi Lauper apparently could use a civics lesson.

After learning that state Sen. Kim Ward, R-Hempfield, was in the audience for her Nov. 3 concert at Greensburg's Palace Theatre, Lauper pointed out that a senator was there and said that if ObamaCare is good enough for the public, it's good enough for legislators, then complained about the federal government shutdown.

Ward said the dig came right after Lauper sang “True Colors.”

Ward wasn't ruffled in the least, but noted that Lauper did not realize Ward is a state , not U.S., senator and had nothing to do with ObamaCare or the shutdown.

“It was cool to be recognized by a famous liberal who can really sing, even if she doesn't know the difference between state and federal government,” said Ward, adding that the concert was great.

DID ‘HAN' DINE ‘SOLO'? Diners and employees at the Applebee's in East Huntingdon Township, near Mt. Pleasant, had a thrill recently when Harrison Ford came in.

“We respected his privacy and let him enjoy his dinner,” said an employee who noted that diners also let the celebrity alone during his meal.

Sightings of Ford, who has visited the area in the past to have his helicopter serviced, set local social media ablaze.

— compiled by Trib Total Media staff

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