New Jersey's first-term Republican Gov. Chris Christie has raised almost $6.2 million in his bid for re-election – a record for any New Jersey gubernatorial candidate who didn't fund his or her own campaign.
Christie almost has reached the $6.8 million he brought in during the entire 2009 election cycle, Businessweek
That far outpaces his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Barbara Buono. She so far has raised only $738,000 and has gotten $1.02 million in state matching funds. At that rate she is unlikely to qualify for the maximum matching funds, Politico
Christie is significantly ahead of Buono in the polls as well. An April Quinnipiac University Poll put Christie out front 58 percent to 26 percent.
Christie's campaign said 14,260 donors from all 50 states have contributed. Eighty-five percent of the donations were from within New Jersey, and 75 percent of the donations were for $100 or less, the campaign said.
“Governor Christie’s style of strong leadership continues to resonate and draw an unprecedented show of support for the governor’s re-election from inside and outside of the state, and from across the donor spectrum,” said campaign chairman William Palatucci.
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