Bon Jovi donates $1M to Sandy relief

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(PIX11) — New Jersey residents now have a million new reasons to love Jon Bon Jovi.

The Jersey native cut a $1 million check Monday to help the Garden State recover from the ravages of Superstorm Sandy.

The announcement came Monday morning at the Borough Hall in Sayreville, where, Bon Jovi emphasized, he  grew up, went to school and met his wife.  On hand were Gov. Christie, First Lady Mary Pat Christie and their daughter, 17-year-old Sarah, among others.

Off the Raritan River, the working-class neighborhoods of Sayerville were some of the hardest hit in New Jersey.

“These aren’t vacation homes, they aren’t second homes,” Bon Jovi said. “It’s the kind of community where both parents worked full time. This is the kind of place that’s middle class America, a hard-working community.”

Bon Jovi is an honorary advisory board member of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, which is chaired by Mary Pat Christie.

His donation will go a long way toward helping organizations involved in things like home repairs and rebuilding projects.

A resident named Bill Nordling, 41, said to both Bon Jovi and Christie, “You two guys, your presence here certainly helps out.”

“We got no choice,” Christie replied, “that’s what we gotta do.”