Zuckerberg to fundraise for Christie
January 24th, 2013
11:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Zuckerberg to fundraise for Christie

(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.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Cory Booker • Facebook
soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Stan

    @Matthew... I don't understand your complaint. People should absolutely have the right to spend their money at stores that share their beliefs if that is something that is important to them. You are correct that spending money at a store doesn't give you a say in their behavior, but people always have the option to not spend there and reduce that company's ability to spend on social/or political causes. Companies that decide to spend their profits on social and political causes run the risk of alienating their clientele if they don't share those beliefs. If 50% of the business can't get 50% of the people to spend money at their establishments, then they need to change or go out of business. That is the essence of capitalism.

    January 24, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Swood

    Zuckerburg and Christie in the same article? Im pretty sure this message board is going to explode.

    January 24, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. nmarc

    Christie can do for the GOP in 2016 what Bill Clinton did in 1992 and that is bring the party back from the fringe and back to the middle. He and Huntsman may be the only two left that can accompish this. Otherwise if the GOP keeps tacking to the right, they will go the way of the Whigs, and Bohner's statement that "we will go to the dustbin of history" will become fact.

    January 24, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Aaron Moore

    I love Christie's cute little sweater with his name on it.

    January 24, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Andrew

    I would hardly associate Christie with the GOP. He actually tries to get something done.

    January 24, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Peter Grenader

    Anyone who's used FB has had this suspicion for ages. I've told my banner ads not to include those from Freedom Works on countless occasions over the last few years... but it's the gift that keeps on coming. THey always pop up while others I 'ban' never do.

    Bottom line, the day I'm influenced by the ideals of twenty-something is the day the GOP will actually use limitless amounts of money to win a major election. Neither are likely to happen anytime soon.

    January 24, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    JustAO wrote:

    Hillary Clinton vs Chris Christie 2016.
    ---------------------
    I wouldn't throw all of my eggs into the Hillary basket. Ditto for Biden. Neither one of them are spring chickens, and an 8 year term starting in 2016 would last until 2024. The "window of best opportunity" passed both of them by in 2008, IMO.

    Winning the race for POTUS is a bit like winning an Olympic gold medal. Your world ranking, or your political polling, really don't matter, which is why elections and the Games are held. It's really all about being the best on that day in that year, which is how Barack Obama beat Clinton in 2008.

    January 24, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Brian Hartman

    I think this is the first thing Zuckerberg's done that I actually agree with. :)

    January 24, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Andrew wrote:

    I would hardly associate Christie with the GOP. He actually tries to get something done.
    -----------------------
    Trust me. Christie is your typical conservative. He's just not an extremist nut job. He began his term as governer by halting a high speed rail project, which killed hundreds of jobs and set back economic developement at least a decade.

    As for education, the praise on Christie from Zuckerberg in the article is a complete joke. Christie cut taxes for the "job creators" by $800 million and slashed a likewise amount from the state education budget. Newark was especially hard hit by budget cuts. Why do you think Newark the economic boost in the first place?

    January 24, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    It will be a internet style get together with all sorts of people who are too insecure in themselves to actually meet real human beings but have thousands of "Friends" on Facebook. (Hey, maybe Zuck will actually meet the woman he is married to!) Of course, nobody will tell Christie this and he will show up expecting to press flesh and actually meet and speak with real people, at which point Zuck (on a two-way monitor) will display shock and disgust at the thought of people actually interacting in the same room!

    January 24, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Drake

    Yet another reason to close the FB account.
    Granted Christie is more in touch with America than the extremists in the GOP but he would have to go to far right to get nominated. Then he would lose in the general election. Sound familiar?

    January 24, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Jenny

    He's not endorsing the GOP as the headlines are reporting – he is supporting Christie which is a good thing. Maybe GOP can learn something from him and not be "annihilated" as Boehner suggested yesterday!

    January 24, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. mm

    Not convinced on Christie yet. Although he is doing a good job with the Sandy Hurricane recovery...he has been nothing but a bully pushing far right agenda in the past.

    As for the facebook founder backing him financially - I'm cancelling my facebook account now.

    January 24, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. ProudDem

    How refreshing; a young person (Zuckerberg) who is a critical thinker. I'm a proud Dem and I would support Christie in a heartbeat because: 1) his handling of a crisis under pressure ; 2) his willingness to take the heat for tough decisions he's had to make and 3) because when proven wrong, he's man enough to say so and to alter his behavior accordingly. In the past, critical thinking was encouraged in schools but it appears that now that too many people are spoon fed their opinions from whatever source/s they choose to follow.

    January 24, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. GOTP

    FLASH: Billionaire supports GOP...developing...

    January 24, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Ken in MD

    So a California billionaire is going to host a party with other California millionaires/billionaires in his California home to raise money for the re-election campaign of the Governor of New Jersey? And they say all politics is local.

    January 24, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Pan3

    Another reason not to join facebook...

    January 24, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Birds of a feather

    Zuckerberg's just lining up some heavyweight help to keep the SEC off his back, in the aftermath of the worthless FaceBook IPO...

    January 24, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. frank thomas

    Is that a father and son portrait, ?? if Zuke proves to be a R, there goes facebook

    January 24, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. De Odorizer

    Oh well, another reason to hat.e F..book. I do it daily, and with vengence... lolol.
    Yes he can put his money where he likes, but so do people (with less money, but in greater numbers) who don't participate in F... book.

    January 24, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. WB

    I think it's interesting how Christie is so well-regarded in the political sphere because he's not a total nut. In today's GOP being somewhat sane is a very rare thing. It's sad. Sad but true.

    January 24, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Bryan

    No surprise here. Like most of us, the Zuck is an ego maniac that views the world through his own self interests. His self interests are now money and building an empire. That is what the modern (non tea party) Republican Party is built on, and that is a good thing. Although I am a very Proud Progressive Democrat, The Zucks and Christie's of the world are needed as balance. If I were a NJ resident, I would even consider voting for Christie. Certainly not over Booker, but I would over a lesser candidate. I do expect Zuck to make a hard left politically within 25-30 years as he gets older and realizes money and power are not everything, but for now, it all makes sense...at least to me.

    January 24, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. myglobalstyle

    Life long Democrat. I love President Obama and I am also seriously considering Christie if he runs in 2016. Christie tells it like he sees it, despite which side of the aisle. No politics as usual. Now there are some prior issues before he became Gov. and I am very interested to see how those are addressed.

    January 24, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Patrick Doyle

    Hey Zuckerberg, How about removing the animal hate pages from Facebook such as your "The Cat Recipe Page", or your "I Hate Dogs" page, or how about the "Wolf Barbecue" page!

    January 24, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Bzarr

    Zuck will end up being another Shelly Adelson. A repub billionare with nothing else to do with his money.

    January 24, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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