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Chris Christie Gets Funding Boost From Hedge Fund Honcho

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 07:51 PM

Gov. Chris Christie, his presidential prospects lagging, is reportedly getting a fundraising boost from a hedge fund founder who has pledged $250,000 to a super-PAC supporting the New Jersey governor's potential bid.

Billionaire Steven Cohen and other donors each promised to fork over a quarter-million dollars to America Leads after dining with Christie at Manhattan's posh 21 Club, The Washington Post reports.

Cohen, founder of SAC Capital Advisors, attended the dinner last week, The Wall Street Journal first reported.

"It's no secret that Steve has been a friend of the governor," one attendee told the Journal. "He's been supportive and an advocate of the governor, and is continuing to advocate for him."

According to the Post, Christie talked to dinner guests about his recent visit to New Hampshire and his plan for overhauling Social Security. The Journal reports that Christie also told guests he was still thinking about a presidential run.

Cohen— who Forbes estimates is worth about $11.4 billion — attended Christie's 2013 re-election-night party the day after SAC Capital pleaded guilty to criminal insider trading charges and was slapped with a $1.2 billion fine.

Cohen, who now heads Point72 Asset Management, also used his home in tony Greenwich, Conn., for a meet-and-greet event with Christie in February.

Christie will be back at the 21 Club next month for a dinner reception for his leadership PAC, Leadership Matters for America, the Journal reports.

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Gov. Chris Christie, his presidential prospects lagging, is reportedly getting a fundraising boost from a hedgefund founder who has pledged $250,000 to a super-PAC supporting the New Jersey governor's potential bid.
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