Bruce Springsteen takes on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Musician Bruce Springsteen speaks on stage at "The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town" premiere during the 5th International Rome Film Festival at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica on Nov. 1, 2010, in Rome.<br><br><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-500150_162-637482.html"><b>PICTURES: Bruce Springsteen</b></a> Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Musician Bruce Springsteen speaks atcthe 5th International Rome Film Festival at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica on Nov. 1, 2010, in Rome.
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Legendary musician Bruce Springsteen has written a letter to his New Jersey hometown newspaper taking issue with the policies of New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie.

In his letter to the Asbury Park Press, Springsteen - identified only as a resident of the town of Colts Neck - takes issue with tax "cuts in services to those in the most dire conditions."

While the New Jersey icon doesn't mention Christie by name, he takes aim at the governor's policies, writing that "the cuts are eating away at the lower edges of the middle class, not just those already classified as in poverty, and are likely to continue to get worse over the next few years."

Springsteen was writing in response to a story entitled "As poverty rises, cuts target aid," which he lauded for spotlighting anti-poverty workers and analysts. Their voices, he writes, "are having a hard time being heard, not just in New Jersey, but nationally."

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
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Christie, who has gained a national following among Republicans for his budget-cutting policies and confrontational style, has proposed a 4 percent cut to New Jersey's general assistance program.

He is a professed Spingsteen fan, as the Los Angeles Times notes, having claimed to have attended more than 120 Springsteen concerts in his lifetime and attempted (unsuccessfully) to get the man known as The Boss to perform at his inauguration.

Springsteen, whose music has often focused on those struggling economically, was an early supporter of President Obama and performed at the Obama inaugural concert in January 2009.

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