Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going to hold a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and some Democrats are up in arms at the thought of the 28-year-old billionaire helping the outspoken, brash Republican win another term in office.
The fundraiser will take place on Feb. 13 at Zuckerberg's home in Palo Alto, Calif., representatives from both Facebook and Christie's office told Buzzfeed.
After the news broke, the Democratic Governor's Association tweeted this:
The link in the tweet is no longer live, but it was for a petition to stop Zuckerberg from fundraising for Christie.
The DGA has battled against Christie for some time now. The organization's take on stopping the Republican's re-election states: "New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made national headlines with his brusque, in-your-face personality. But the rhetoric hasn't matched the results as New Jersey ranks 47th out of 50 states in job growth under Christie."
The Republican Governor's Association fired back at the DGA right away on Twitter:
To which the DGA quipped:
Other users were just confused.
And others were just plain cynical.
Some were dismayed by Zuckerberg's fundraising choice.
Because Christie declined New Jersey's campaign finance matching fund, there is no restriction on the amount of funds the campaign raises from private donors.
Christie and Zuckerberg first met in 2010 when the Facebook CEO donated $100 million to schools to Newark, the state's largest city.
"Mark and (his wife) Priscilla have worked closely with Governor Christie on education reform in the Newark school system," said Sarah Feinberg, a spokeswoman for Facebook. "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. Mark and Priscilla are happy to host him at their home to support his re-election."
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