Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will host his first-ever big-time fundraiser for a political candidate – Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla will host the event on February 13th at their home in Palo Alto, California. It will also mark the first out-of-state campaign event for his Christie’s reelection.
“Mark and Priscilla have worked closely with Governor Christie on education reform in the Newark school system. 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,” said a Facebook spokesperson.
Apparently, Zuckerberg and Christie first became familiar when the Facebook CEO donated $100 million to the struggling Newark, NJ public school system back in 2010.
“They have maintained a friendship since they met in 2010,” Christie’s political strategist Mike DuHaime told USA Today. “We are very excited about the trip to California as it demonstrates just how broad the support is for Gov. Christie.”
Zuckerberg isn’t known for being overtly political, in either direction. He’s attended dinners with President Obama, hung out with Newark’s Democratic mayor Cory Booker. Facebook, as a company, likes to spread the wealth around when it comes to campaign donations. The company recently formed the Facebook Inc. political action committee, which has made donations to people on both sides of the aisle (for instance Democrat Chuck Schumer and Republican Eric Cantor).
Reports show that based on public sentiment, Christie is a huge favorite to win reelection.