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Bon Jovi Donates $1 Million to New Jersey Sandy Relief Fund

Image courtesy of PR Newswire (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of PR Newswire (via ABC News Radio)

Bon Jovi has donated $1 million to a fund that is helping New Jersey communities recover from Superstorm Sandy.

The band's frontman, Jon Bon Jovi , joined by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and first lady Mary Pat Christie , announced the donation to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund on Monday in his native Sayreville.

Saying that he was there for "emotional" reasons and not "political" reasons, Jon told the assembled crowd at the town's borough hall, "I know that there are people that are still suffering.  But what I like to call the power of 'we' coming together -- that means, you, me, us -- we are taking a step today to rebuild lives."

The singer toured Sayreville days after Sandy ravaged the area last October.  His band later performed at 12/12/12: The Concert for Sandy Relief in New York City.

Jon serves on the advisory board of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, along with Bruce Springsteen , U2 's Bono and other celebrities and executives.

Bon Jovi kicks off a new series of U.S. concerts Friday at Soldier Fied in Chicago.

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