Zuckerberg to fundraise for Christie
January 24th, 2013
11:50 AM ET
1 year 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. robrickmon

    Why is a California resident holding a fund raiser for a New Jersey politician?

    System.is.broken.

    January 24, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. BD

    If its Christie vs Clinton in 2016 it would probably be the best thing for America in decades. I'll wear a shirt during the election that just says; "Vote."

    January 24, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Richard Miller

    Why doesn't he just buy New Jersey? The kid is an over paid geek that developed one of the world's best snooping machines. He know less about politics that my 8 year old granddaughter.

    January 24, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    Didn't Willard have a fundraiser overseas somewhere??

    January 24, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Jack Tors

    Another money grubber backing a republican? Who would have guessed....

    January 24, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Gary

    Good move by Mark..... This far leftest, socialist movement being pushed upon us by this president will in time cost the democrats huge in upcoming elections. People of this country will grow tired of an ever expanding federal government and the constant erosion of their personal freedoms. I see Mark hitching himself and his company to the next Republican President of the US. Watch and see........

    January 24, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Name

    Christie crosses party lines to speak his mind.

    Even dems in NJ like him for going after Rep congress for withholding disaster funds.

    He will to keep mum on gun control, I wish he wouldn't though. He still has to get through national primary. He is going to run for President. Will be a formidable center candidate.

    January 24, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. aardman

    The problem with Christie as president is that as sane and common sensical as he is, he will bring with him into America's policy-making room all the tea party nut cases of the Republican party. He might not agree with them, even dislike them, but he has no choice but to acquiesce on some of their demands because there is no Republican legislative majority without them.

    January 24, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Jack

    He's also going to change his company's named to FascistBook.

    January 24, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Name

    Why not use that money for rebuilding some of the devastated ares by Sandy.

    January 24, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. ghags17

    Guess Jack Tors had no problems when Facebook founder donated money to Obama.

    January 24, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. No more Puppets!

    Cancelling my facebook account now.

    January 24, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Sai Bharadwaj

    Funny images though :D #ifyouknowwhatimean

    January 24, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Widow

    Wish the GOP had more like him.. They would roll the democrats sooooo hard.

    January 24, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. vbscript2

    @BD: We don't need either Christie or Clinton in 2016. We need someone like Ron Paul who is actually committed to fixing our fiscal problems. Clinton (Hillary, that is) certainly never showed any desire to do that during her tenure in the Senate. Christie would probably be a little better, but still leaves quite a bit to be desired. We need someone who will actually be honest about the problems rather than pandering for votes and who will actually abide by his oath of office to uphold the Constitution, as well as someone who will appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution (Obama and Clinton need not apply.)

    January 24, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Tea Party

    Meh. Christie is pretty Moderate...even Unions like him. People read republican and immediately think Tea Party/Faux News candidate....Too bad.

    January 24, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    It's amazing how republicans speak about California and then, when they need to fund their useless campaigns or grease their filthy hands, – it's California here I come! I'm sure others have noticed the same.

    January 24, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Albert Einstein

    I'm a democrat and admittedly I don't know a great deal about Christie, but he is one Republican I could vote for and give money to his campaign, and I live out west...and I don't mean west Trenton, N.J.

    January 24, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. yogi

    @ 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."

    It confirms my suspicion as well, and

    January 24, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Deepen

    I'm a Democrat and huge Obama supporter.. and heck, i'm voting for Christie in this governor election! The way he handled Sandy, he gets all the credit in my state! JERSEY STRONG!

    January 24, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It's really all about being the best on that day in that year, which is how Barack Obama beat Clinton in 2008.
    -------------------------------------------------
    No Rudy. He wasn't just the best "in that day". He didn't get lucky. He beat her because he was the best, and this statement is coming to you via someone who initially supported Hillary and holds her in high regards.

    January 24, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. yogi

    @Gary
    Good move by Mark.....

    Well, since his "good move" has made FB another instrument for te republicans with banners and money, I will make my "good move" and cancel my account. I had more than enough of anything republican, civilization in reverse.

    January 24, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Jack Tors

    Hurrican Sandy was a softball for Christie to hit out of the park. It would take an idiot (like Bush reaction to Katrina) to miss that opportunity to look good.

    January 24, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. RalphS

    Governor Christie is the best possible hope for a revamped Republican Party. Hopefully, by 2016, the Tea Party will be muted. Whether a democrat or republican, we need better choices and a more moderate platform on both sides. Extremist views just don't work in mainstream America.

    January 24, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Ian

    Proof positive.....money can't buy you brains!

    January 24, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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