July 9th, 2013
02:53 PM ET
When Jon Bon Jovi returned home to New Jersey on Monday, he came bearing a very large gift.
The rocker presented the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund with a $1 million check, on behalf of himself, his wife and his band.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose wife, Mary Pat, leads the fund, was also on hand to thank Bon Jovi for his contribution.
"I know that this million dollars sounds like a lot but it's really just a drop in the bucket," Bon Jovi, a native of Sayreville, New Jersey, said. "My being here is not political. It's emotional because I grew up here. I went to school here. I met my wife here. 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?"
The answer to that has included visiting those in his hometown who are repairing their lives after last fall's devastating storm wreaked havoc along the East coast.
The relief fund, which counts Bon Jovi, Bono and Bruce Springsteen among its honorary board members, has raised more than $38 million since Sandy struck.
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