Mark Zuckerberg to Host Fundraiser for Senate Hopeful Cory BookerBy: Josh Wolford - June 10, 2013
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is once again inserting himself into the New Jersey political scene – but this time it’s on the completely opposite side of the aisle.
Bloomberg reports that Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan will soon host a fundraiser for Newark Mayor and Senate hopeful Cory Booker..
“Mark and Priscilla are hosting a fundraiser for Mayor Booker in the coming days,” a Facebook spokesperson told Bloomberg.
Booker is running to replace recently-deceased Democrat Frank Lautenberg in the U.S. Senate.
If you recall, this isn’t the first fundraiser that Zuckerberg has staged for a prominent New Jersey politician. Back in February, he hosted a fundraiser for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at his Palo Alto home.
It’s worth noting that Zuckerberg is throwing his weight behind politicians from across the spectrum – Christie being a Republican and Booker being a Democrat.
Zuckerberg doesn’t just have a history in New Jersey politics – but in Newark, specifically. Back in 2010 the Facebook CEO donated $100 million to the struggling Newark public school system. Since then, he’s been linked to both Christie and Booker.
Booker just officially announced his Senate bid last week.