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New Jersey Declares September 23 Bruce Springsteen Day

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced that September 23 will now officially be known as Bruce Springsteen Day in the Garden State. September 23 also happens to be the artist's birthday.

Murphy mentioned the news on social media, tweeting the document he signed to seal the deal. “Bruce Springsteen is one of the most iconic and influential musicians — and New Jerseyans — of all time, period,” Murphy tweeted. “And so, I am both honored and proud to announce @Springsteen’s birthday, Sept. 23, will officially be known as Bruce Springsteen Day.”

“Beyond being an iconic singer, songwriter, and family man, ‘the Boss’ has acted on film, TV, and Broadway, recorded a podcast series with President Barack Obama, written, starred in, and produced documentaries, and has helped countless charities in New Jersey and around the world,” Murphy wrote in the document he shared on Twitter. He added: “Bruce Springsteen will forever be remembered as the voice of the Garden State, signaling to the world that New Jerseyans were born to run.”

Murphy announced the news on April 15 during the American Music Honors. The event (hosted by Jersey native Jon Stewart) was held at the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. A fitting place for the announcement, considering Springsteen was born at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. He grew up in the town of Freehold, and would start his career in Asbury Park: also part of Monmouth county.

Springsteen has earned a number of accolades over the years, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was bestowed upon him by President Obama in 2016. Just last month, President Biden honored Springsteen with the National Medals of Arts. Springsteen and the E Street band are currently on a 2023 tour that will run through the end of the year. The Boss was supposed to attend the American Music Honors at Monmouth University, but couldn't make it due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis he recently received while on tour.

See Governor Phil Murphy's Bruce Springsteen Day declaration below.

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Article Image: Bruce Springsteen holds a microphone up to the air while performing in front of a crowd in 2012. (Gabbo T [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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