Mark Zuckerberg to host fundraiser for Chris Christie
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, will make a foray into politics next month, hosting a fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., Mike DuHaime, a campaign spokesperson for Christie, confirmed to CBS News.
Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan will host the event on Feb. 13th in their Palo Alto, Calif., home. Christie is in the midst of a bid for reelection as governor.
The 28-year-old Facebook founder, who maintains a famously low-profile lifestyle in California, met the outspoken governor in 2010 after donating $100 million to Newark's public school system. And while Zuckerberg isn't active for either political party, he has shown signs of support for President Obama in the past: In 2011 he attended a dinner with Mr. Obama. He also appeared with the president in April 2011 at a town hall style meeting at Facebook headquarters.
"Gov. Christie has earned respect and support across the political spectrum for his willingness to speak hard truths and take on difficult political fights, like on education reform, the issue on which he and Mr. Zuckerberg first worked together," said DuHaime.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Zuckerberg donated $10,000 to Facebook's PAC between 2011 and 2012.
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