(CNN) – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will host a fundraiser for New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie's re-election bid, a Christie finance source confirmed Thursday.
The event will take place February 13 at the young billionaire's home in Palo Alto, California. A Facebook spokeswoman said Zuckerberg appreciates education reform efforts made in New Jersey.
"Mark and (his wife) Priscilla have worked closely with Governor Christie on education reform in the Newark school system," Sarah Feinberg said. "They admire his leadership on education reform and other issues and look forward to continuing their important work together on behalf of Newark's school children. Mark and Priscilla are happy to host him at their home to support his re-election."
BuzzFeed first reported the story.
Bill Palatucci, a Christie adviser, said the trip will be "the beginning of a number of out-of-state trips we'll be having to raise money to support the Governor's re-election effort."
"We announced last week that we will not be taking New Jersey's matching funds so we can raise as much as we can from donors," he announced.
This isn't the first time Zuckerberg has been tied to Christie, who's considered to be a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate. The young billionaire appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2010 with the governor and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat, to announce a $100 million donation to improving schools in the city.
Zuckerberg praised the state's education reform efforts. According to Booker at the time, 50% of high school students in Newark did not graduate. Booker and Christie hoped that their new plan will provide a model for education reform nationwide.
While Booker was considering a challenge against Christie in this year's gubernatorial election, the popular Democratic mayor decided instead to explore a 2014 Senate bid against Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a fellow Democrat.
In the gubernatorial race, Christie is the overwhelming favorite. Earlier this week, he landed another big union endorsement from the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association–a rare feat for a Republican. Last month he secured the backing of the Laborers International Union of North America.
Zuckerberg did not make any endorsements in the presidential race last year, but Facebook's political action committee dropped money in some elections. The group spent $267,500 on federal candidates: 47% to Democrats, 53% to Republicans, according to the Federal Election Commission.
– CNN's Ashley Killough, Kevin Liptak and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
Gov. Christie does not fit into the metaphorical GOP clown car.
I thought he was a staunched Democrat!
Hillary Clinton vs Chris Christie 2016. It's gonna be interesting, but my money is on Hillary cuz GOP brand and platform will not evolve and will still be considered the anti-intelligence party by then.
Christie is a Republican that is quite a bit more rooted in reality than most of them. While the rest are spouting off about rape babies and a 5,000 year old Earth, he concerns himself with schools and disaster relief (things we hire politicians to take care of). Still not sure if I'd ever vote for him, but he's a a cut above most of them.
gosh this guy looks like he could be Rand Paul's kid...in fact when I first glanced at the picture I though it WAS Rand Paul and that's pretty scary.
I wouldn't be surprised if Christie switches parties.
He is certainly closer to a "Reagan Democrat" than the Tea Party / religious / anti-science crowd who have taken over the Republican party lately.
Christie has ZERO chance of getting the Republican nomination. He torked off all the far right crazies during the aftermath of Sandy and doesn't toe the right-wing party line. He can't hope to win in a nomination process that is controlled entirely by the far right Tea Party nuts. He might have a shot against Hillary in a general election, but he'll never get that far. Look at the line-up of clowns the Republican Party ended up with for their primaries for the 2012 cycle. Christie was to the left of all of them except maybe Huntsman. The Republican Party got into bed with the far right Tea Party and religious zealot crowd and now they can't figure out how to get rid of them. Time to reap what they sowed.
I don't understand why it is so in vogue to base your personal purchasing and/or patronage decisions on the personal views of individual CEOs or representatives of large companies or corporations. If this continues it'll soon be the case that 50% of the country won't be patronizing 50% of the businesses out there, and the other 50% of the country won't be patronizing the other 50% of businesses. People buy things that they need or want. In exchange for money, you get the item or service you desire. Giving a company your money doesn't entitle you to both the item/service you want *and* a say in the political and/or social behavior of the leaders of the company you are patronizing. Each person should buy or decline to buy whatever the desire, but let's stop all this nonsense about people's private views and behaviors with the functioning of the companies, large or small, that they happen to represent.
I'm voting for anyone who gives me free stuff.
@JustAO, I'm not convinced Christie can make it through a conservative dominated Republican primary season. He's probably the most electable person they could field. He's a populist, center-right candidate that appeals to independents and cross-over Democrats. That would seem a good basis for a campaign.
Mrs Clinton will be a great president, she will win election with no problem, Republican What can we say about them, no good words come to my mind.
Why fundraise at all? Just give him a few billion!
Christie will cake walk to another term in office. He's getting NJ back on track after the Democrats wrecked it and he can get the country back on track in 2016 after the Democrats are done wrecking it. Hopefully we can survive until then.
Christie doesn't care who he befriends...as long as it helps him. And Saboth, most Republicans are not spouting off about rape and a 5,000 year old earth. Maybe you should stop watching MSN once and awhile and open your mind to reality once and awhile.
Gov Christie will get re-elected with or without Mark's fundraising. Why?????? He's got the balls to stand up to the Tea Party stupids and anyone else who is as crazy as them.
Christie's going to surprise a lot of people (after they vote for him), when he "abruptly" (as only Christie can do), changes back to the man who stood beside and promoted Willard Romney. Surprise, surprise.
I'm voting for anyone who gives me free stuff.
You must be a Republican considering the billions in free stuff they hand out to the military industrial complex, no bid contractors and the very rich.
Interesting to see peeps plugging Hillary for 2016. After her remarks yesterday "What difference does it make..." the campaign ads against her will be brutal. For instance, opening shot of flag covered caskets coming off the plane, then shifting to Hillary saying "what difference does it matter" and then a shot at the funeral as the casket is going into the ground. Hillary has made herself irrelevant.
Christie has to fly to California to get campaign money for a state election? I thought he was popular enough to get monies from his home state.
Sometimes Republicans can have a good hiccup and Chris Christie have some bouts of it so best of luck for them
Hey i'malib, take this one! It's free!
Living in NJ you appreciate what Christie is doing as he is doing what is best for the state in an effort to get things back on track. He has led some great reforms and has really stepped it up in dealing with Sandy and the aftermath of it. Showing that he isn't afraid to walk across party lines to get things accomplished should be praised across the country but yet he is getting criticism for it. I am a firm believer that we are past a 2 party system and we should be going for what is best for the american people, Christie exemplifies that (Just listen to his press conferences, better then most TV shows) Enough of this left/right nonsense. His approval Rating was at 74% last I checked...when has any governor, let alone a Republican NJ governor gotten anything close to that?
As a Dem, I like Chris. He sticks to his values and speaks out for whats best for his constiituants. We need more people like that.
Even as a Democrat, I like Christie. He's blunt and wasn't afraid to say kind things about our Pres. So why I may not support all his view, I can support him as person. Not talking about 'vote' support, but moral support.
A. Rich people should keep their money/politics investments/bribes to themselves. B. Guys who live in California should stay out of New Jersey elections. Snap out of it, Zuckerberg. You're rich, and we all like Facebook, but we could all turn on you if you start acting like a jerk.