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.


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soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Michael Lee

    when i first read the headline i was shocked.....but then i saw it was christie....and hes been on good behavior lately

    January 24, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Do the Supreme Court Justices who voted for Citizens United still think it's a good thing?

    Just wondering ...

    January 24, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Facts don't Lie

    Funny that the GOP claims they are doing some sort of "soul searching" to find out why they have lost the past two elections and have never won the popular vote in years, yet when you get Republicans like Christie, Gen Powell, and Joe Scarbourgh tell them what some of their issues are they attack them and call them RINOS. The GOP does NOT want to change..they want the country to adapt to them.Case in point so far they are keeping Priebus who couldn't even deliver his own state for the GOP as their chair. I hope Christie stays a Republican..perhaps given more power that party can have more hope.

    January 24, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Rush Lanbaugh

    Gov. Chritie is not a real republican.
    He actual thinks on his own instead of parrotting my like the rest of the party.

    January 24, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. FB for Christie???

    FB founder goes for Christie ... FB loses libs ... FB totally loses all the people who can spell.

    January 24, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. nothing new here

    Christie represents what the GOP use to be.
    It was never about all this religious extremism. It was never about war-mongers, supremists and those that constantly want to legislate morality.
    Christie, help Jindal and others rebrand the GOP. Otherwise, plan on losing more votes and elections.

    January 24, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    @ vbscript2

    Please keep supporting and voting for crazy losers like Ron Paul. Meanwhile, democrats can keep winning in landslide elections as I will never vote, respect or trust anyone running as a republican again.

    January 24, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Seth

    I'm a liberal and while I wouldn't vote for Christie I think he would make a decent president.

    January 24, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. fearbook

    All of these morons claiming theyre deleting theyre facebooks because of this are utterly ridiculous.

    January 24, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. bobpitt

    Lucky you NJ, Booker and Christie they both are great guys..!!

    January 24, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Bigger Thomas

    Very shrewd on both of their parts. Zuckerberg continues to impress me with how shrewd he is and forward thinking on the game changing things. And this is coming from a person who is a liberal through and through. As a democrat Christie is the only one that could pose a threat to my hopes of another democrat in the white to continue the Obama legacy. He could beat Biden soundly and very narrowly beat Clinton as well I believe. He would not get my vote, as he is a real conservative with policy leanings to boot, but I do respect him for not being crazy and at least being rational most of the time regarding working the the other side.

    January 24, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Alina77

    If there will be no Hilary, I will gladly vote for Christie (he is a real breath of fresh air), BUT I really hope that the far right wont attache someone like Ryan to Christie as his VP... , which I am pretty sure that they will.. then i wont vote at all .

    January 24, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Dominican Mama wrote:

    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.
    -----------------
    Barack Obama was the best on election day: in each and every primary that he won, straight through to the general election.

    January 24, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Who cares? Christie is the next John Huntsman. The unhinged GOBP tea potty only want crackpots.

    January 24, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. tcaud

    lol all getting taken for fools by Christie... Christie is no different than Romney in his views. A repub in a liberal state thinks like a repub... when it comes to getting elected at national level, goes back to the right. Never fails.

    January 24, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. tcaud

    Google + is looking awful good right now....

    January 24, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Anastasia Beverhausen

    Goodbye Facebook.

    January 24, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay Rudy, okay my friend...

    January 24, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Makes sense. Zuckerberg is the pinnacle of what the GOP/Teatrolls most idolize: someone who got rich off the backs and ideas of others and stole and lied their way to fame, fortune and influence while crapping all over society.

    January 24, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    All of these morons claiming theyre deleting theyre facebooks because of this are utterly ridiculous
    -------------------------------------------------
    Ooops and tee hee! I was kinda sorta thinking the same thing you posted! lol!

    January 24, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. TomGI

    If I was Chris Christie I'd ask MZ to keep his feelings on the "down low". Outside of Facebook, I don't think MZ has enough influence to pull a any votes.

    January 24, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. ARqueen

    I love how all of you liberals continue to try to paint Republicans as "dumb". Most sucessful business owners and other business people are Republicans, you are not sucessful by being dumb. It's especially amusing coming from people who were dumb enough to vote for just about the worst president in history, again! Duh!

    January 24, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. CryBabies

    OOOHHH .....the crybaby libs are out in force today. Pitiful whiners...WMA

    January 24, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. PigBodine

    Just when you thought facebook stock couldn't go any lower

    January 24, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Nathan

    Wow thats going out on a limb.

    January 24, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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