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Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 11/01/2012

In other news: Bruce Springsteen applauds Chris Christie; no charges in Gene Hackman’s fight with a homeless man


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Mel Evans - AP)
•Unrequited superfan Chris Christie got a bit of validation from his hero. The New Jersey governor is effusive in his love of Bruce Springsteen and has seen him live 130 times; the rock star, though, has largely ignored Christie, while frequently speaking in opposition to the Republican’s policies. But they did see eye-to-eye on Hurricane Sandy. During his Rochester, N.Y., concert Wednesday, Springsteen (who is scheduled to perform on NBC’s storm-relief telethon Friday) paid tribute to “all the people working down there” on the Jersey shore, including “the governor, who has done such a hard job this week.”

•New complexities emerged in the strange case of Gene Hackman’s fight with a homeless guy. The AP reports that the Oscar winner had given the man money and clothes over the years before their confrontation in Santa Fe, N.M., Tuesday. Hackman, 82, told police that Bruce Becker, 63, moved aggressively towards him after he refused to give him money. Says he slapped Becker once; Becker told cops it was a dozen times. No charges filed, though.

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