New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is raking in money from unlikely sources — top Democratic fundraisers and liberal donors across the country who apparently would like to see the Republican re-elected.
A review by the Newark Star-Ledger
of state and federal campaign finance records shows donations from a wide array of contributors, including the hedge fund run by liberal billionaire George Soros and faculty members at the University of California in Berkeley.
"While I do not agree with his stance on every issue, he is one of the best political leaders I have talked to in a long time," Ken Rosen, a UC-Berkeley professor who gave Christie a check for $3,800, told the newspaper.
"He is willing to take on tough issues such as pension reform, education reform, mental-health issues, even if his views are not politically correct," said Rosen.
The Star-Ledger review found that five executives at Soros Fund Management gave a combined $19,000 to Christie's re-election campaign; John Doerr, a top Democratic fundraiser and venture capitalist in California, sent the maximum $3,800 donation for the Republican primary; and Tim Mullen, a Chicago investor who gave more than $100,000 to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign in 2011, also sent the maximum donation.
"We're not surprised," Christie campaign chairman Bill Palatucci told the newspaper. "There's something for everybody to want to support, whether it's education reform or returning financial sanity to New Jersey or his leadership in rebuilding the Shore."
Christie reportedly has collected more than $6.6 million compared to $2.3 million gathered by his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.
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