“I think a building with your name on it is a tricky thing,” said Springsteen during his speech. “Because I’m still alive … I could get arrested for shooting tequilas in a public park. That’s something that could happen.”
As Stereogum notes, Springsteen did not attend this college, but he was born at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. He also wrote “Born to Run” in a house near the campus.
“I want to say how happy I am that my archives are going to have a home here in New Jersey, that means a lot of me,” he added. “Believe it or not there are people who come from around the world for their vacations or pilgrimages to spend their hard-earned dollars in Asbury Park, or Freehold in search of from whence I hailed, and now they will have someplace to go other than my house.”