Zuckerberg's New Friend: Chris Christie

Facebook founder to hold fundraiser for New Jersey governor

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 24, 2013 1:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Mark Zuckerberg will host a fundraiser for Chris Christie next month, in perhaps the Facebook founder's most overt display of his political leanings to date. Zuckerberg and Christie apparently hit it off when Zuckerberg donated $100 million to Newark's school system, USA Today reports. "They have maintained a friendship since they met in 2010," Christie's political strategist says. "We are very excited about the trip to California, as it demonstrated just how broad the support is" for Christie.

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, will host the fundraiser at their home on Feb. 13. Until now, Zuckerberg hasn't overtly endorsed any politicians, mingling with both parties. He once moderated a town hall meeting with President Obama.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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