Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla are set to host a Silicon Valley-style fundraiser next month in his Palo Alto home for Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The Republican Governor is set for an uphill battle for reelection in his home state of New Jersey, traditionally a blue state.
Zuckerberg, the world’s second youngest billionaire in 2012, and Governor Christie have quite a history together. The two first met in 2010 when it was announced that the Facebook mogul would be donating $100 million to the Newark public school system. The newly elected Christie, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, and the young Zuckerberg went onto the then Oprah Winfrey show (Lance Armstrong style) to announce the joint venture.
“Mark and Priscilla expressed interest in supporting the governor for reelection, and he’s gratified to have their help,” said Christie strategist Michael DuHaime. “This illustrates that Governor Christie’s sincere efforts to improve education where it is so badly needed have not gone unnoticed. Education is an issue Gov. Christie cares deeply and passionately about, even though fighting for education reform has not always been politically popular or easy.” The fundraiser was confirmed by both parties to a Buzzfeed spokesperson.
Let it be noted that while Governor Christie maintains a high favorability rating amongst his own state electorate due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, he remains a huge (pun intended) loner amongst his national party.