CNN — Rock star and New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi made an appearance Monday to announce his $1 million contribution to New Jersey's Sandy Relief Fund.
"My being here is not political. It's emotional because I grew up here. I went to school here. I met my wife here," he said at an event held to announce the donation. "And in the days following the storm, when I visited these streets and spoke to the residents, one thought that came to me time and time again was what can I do?"
Beaming with pride, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Bon Jovi and his wife are people "who never take New Jersey away from themselves."
"They always have New Jersey as part of who they are and in their heart," the Republican governor said.
Before the announcement, Bon Jovi walked through his hometown of Sayreville with Christie to meet with residents affected by the October storm that wreaked havoc on the New Jersey shoreline.
"I know that this million dollars sounds like a lot but it's really just a drop in the bucket," Bon Jovi said. "What I like to call the 'power of we,' the coming together--that means you, me, us--we are taking a step today to rebuild lives."
He presented the check to Christie's wife, Mary Pat, who heads up the relief fund where Bon Jovi and fellow rock legends Bruce Springsteen and Bono serve as honorary board members.
Since the hurricane, the fund has raised more than $38 million from 29,000 people, Mary Pat Christie said at the event.
Christie, the face of the Superstorm Sandy recovery effort in New Jersey, has teamed up with Bon Jovi in the past. The musician appeared at the governor's bill signing in April for a law that encourages people to report drug overdoses without fear of being arrested.