Mark Zuckerberg Likes Gov. Christie

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Published on January 25, 2013

CI ChristieAfter bonding over education reform, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is hosting a high dollar fundraising for NJ Gov. Chris Christie. Looks like everybody loves Christie! Read more from The NY Times.

By Katie Zernike

Mark Zuckerberg likes Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has found an unlikely ally in Mark Zuckerberg.

So much that Mr. Zuckerberg, a co-founder of Facebook, and his wife will hold a fund-raiser for him next month at their home in Palo Alto, Calif.

The fund-raiser is another reminder of the hurdles Democrats face in attempting to defeat Mr. Christie, who faces re-election in November and is often mentioned as a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Mr. Christie has increasingly tried to position himself as a kind of crossbreed politician, apart from the partisan politics that plague Washington, and able to appeal to a constituency beyond the Republican Party regulars. He took leaders of his own party to task this month when they failed to call a vote on a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy. His popularity has soared since the storm, even among Democrats — and apparently among at least some tech donors in Silicon Valley, where political contributions tend to flow toward more liberal causes.