Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Chris Christie Wins Over Mark Zuckerberg Chris Christie Wins Over Mark Zuckerberg

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation



Chris Christie Wins Over Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder will be helping GOP governor raise money for his reelection.

Zuckerberg (above) praised Christie's leadership.

photo of Elahe Izadi
January 24, 2013

In a sign of New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie's strength heading into his 2013 reelection, he's won over Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg will be holding a February fundraiser for the governor at his Palo Alto, Calif., house, Christie strategist Mike DuHaime confirmed to National Journal.

“We have not asked for any help beyond the fundraiser at this point,” DuHaime wrote in an e-mail. “Governor Christie is very appreciative of the support.”


Zuckerberg and Christie have had ties since the Silicon Valley billionaire donated $100 million to Newark public schools. The two, along with Mayor Cory Booker, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010 to announce the donation. 

Facebook spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg told BuzzFeed, who first reported news of the fundraiser, that Zuckerberg and his wife “admire [Christie’s] leadership on education reform and other issues and look forward to continuing their important work together on behalf of Newark's schoolchildren." During the 2012 presidential race, Zuckerberg headlined Silicon Valley fundraisers on behalf of President Obama.

Zuckerberg’s support underscores how difficult it’ll be for a Democrat to seriously challenge Christie. Booker, who opted to pursue a Senate run instead of challenging Christie, also has strong ties with Zuckerberg. Booker called him an “American hero” for his work in social media, and the mayor played a big role in courting matching funds for Zuckerberg's donation.

Job Board
Search Jobs
Security Alarm Tech/Electrician
Lockheed Martin | Fairfax, VA
Systems Engineer Stf
Lockheed Martin | Washington, DC
Sharepoint Developer
Lockheed Martin | Tampa, FL
Intelligence Analyst Stf
Lockheed Martin | Springfield, VA
Info Assurance Engineer Sr
Lockheed Martin | Glen Allen, VA
Sr. Software Engineer
Lockheed Martin | Herndon, VA
Technical Service Engr Asc Mgr
Lockheed Martin | Herndon, VA
Software Engineer Sr
Lockheed Martin | King of Prussia, PA
Aircraft Maintenance Asc Mgr
Lockheed Martin | Warner Robins, GA
Software Engineer Sr Stf
Lockheed Martin | Herndon, VA
Software Engineer Sr Stf
Lockheed Martin | Herndon, VA
Proposal Analysis Mgr
Lockheed Martin | Herndon, VA
Maintenance Program Management Mgr
Lockheed Martin | Patrick AFB, FL
Assessment Engineer
Lockheed Martin | Bethesda, MD
Info Assurance Engineer Sr
Lockheed Martin | Bethesda, MD
comments powered by Disqus