Chris Christie raising record cash

posted at 1:21 pm on March 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

In case there was any doubt about Christie’s insane level of popularity in New Jersey or his prospects for reelection this November, just take a look at the man’s fundraising tallies so far. Can’t touch this:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is raising record cash for his re-election bid. …

In December, before Democrats had even rallied around a candidate, Christie had amassed almost as much as he raised in the entire 2009 primary. He has since begun an out-of-state fundraising swing, with an event last month at Facebook Inc (FB). co- founder Mark Zuckerberg’s California home and an appearance last week in Wisconsin with Governor Scott Walker.

Christie, 50, is enjoying record approval in New Jersey for his response to Hurricane Sandy. Almost half of Democratic voters say he deserves another term as he leads his challenger, state Senator Barbara Buono, by 36 percentage points. …

Christie had raised $2.3 million by 2009’s June primary, more than any other New Jersey candidate for governor who didn’t finance his or her own campaign. For this year’s race, he raised $2.1 million through Dec. 31, while Buono drew $215,000. The next fundraising reports are due in April.

Two birds, one stone: His gubernatorial reelection is a great way to build up a national donor base and show off his fundraising prowess, a pretty important skill set when it comes to running for president — and when his very probable landslide victory is in the rearview, he can really get to work on trying to mitigate some of the national Republican ire he’s accrued recently (from RNC keynote to CPAC snub — politics is certainly a fickle beast).

What’s more, Christie will be the head of the Republican Governors’ Association in 2014, the year of both the Congressional midterms and a whole raft of gubernatorial races — and there’s nothing like likeability/popularity and fundraising capacity to help get you back in everyone good’s graces.


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Good for him – again – it’s early – so everyone who thinks they have something to offer – get in there and let us hear from you.

Let the vetting begin – the more we have to see and hear from – the better.

jake-the-goose on March 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Christ Christie.

Progressive Democrat hiding as a ‘republican’.

A big bully, that saved Obama’s behind with his beach hug after Hurricane Sandy.

He should run against Hillary and Cuomo.

PappyD61 on March 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Donuts cost money, you know.

CurtZHP on March 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Best growth in private sector jobs NJ since 2000.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/viewart/20130319/NEWS02/303190026/N-J-sees-biggest-jobs-gain-since-2000

Property taxes stable.

Dude’s doing fine.

Good Lt on March 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Getting record cash from the predictable stable of oligarchs.

It is long past time for us to cast off the American oligarchy. No more establishment types.

tom daschle concerned on March 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

An 8000+ calorie a day diet sure ain’t cheap these days…

Polish Rifle on March 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

no thanks

RedInMD on March 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Chris Christie raising record cash

Yeah, well, with obama and his liberals behind Christie – how can he fail? Christie will be switching parties soon – democrats know that Christie is a reliable lib and a winner for them.

Pork-Chop on March 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

2016 is going to be one nasty campaign. It will be fun to watch creepy Santorum get steamrolled by all the other candidates’ money. :-)

Punchenko on March 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Everyone send a box of donuts.
Problem should take care of itself.

AllahsNippleHair on March 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I’m sure Rove, Coulter and Kristol are dry humping themselves over this guy.

MoreLiberty on March 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

In case there was any doubt about Christie’s insane level of popularity in New Jersey or his prospects for reelection this November, just take a look at the man’s fundraising tallies so far.

As I recall, Ron Paul had raised the second-most amount of cash in the GOP primaries.

He was not the second most-popular candidate.

Stoic Patriot on March 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

2016 is going to be one nasty campaign. It will be fun to watch creepy Santorum get steamrolled by all the other candidates’ money. :-)

Punchenko on March 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

You mean McFrothinstein? The evangelicals love him, which is their right. Of course the guy doesn’t support individual liberty, and hasn’t seen a war he doesn’t love.

MoreLiberty on March 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Let me put this as plainly as I can. If Chris CRISTie is the Republican nominee in 2016, I will not vote. I’m not saying I’ll pull the lever for Hillary, but I have no problem sitting the whole thing out. And while that likely won’t matter a hill of beans in Texas, if enough loyal conservatives like myself feel the same way around the country, that won’t help the GOP improve turnout.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Punchenko on March 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I’m with you on that. He’s about the only one I dismiss out of hand at the moment. Well, maybe that Bush guy too.

CTSherman on March 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

2016 might be the year of the corpulent.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I’m there with you.

melle1228 on March 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

So much cash. How to spend it? Sounds like Christie has to make some weighty decisions.

Valkyriepundit on March 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

A CPAC ‘snub’? Why accuse CPAC of a snub for not inviting Christie, a Republican who has gone out of his way to distance himself from the GOP’s conservative base? Yes, I know CPACinvited Romney

troyriser_gopftw on March 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

To repeat what has been said hundreds of times here previously – he’s fine in a blue state. They can keep him. Nationally, however….

Plus, didn’t Akin do okay cash-wise? Oh wait! Wasn’t that because the Dems were backing him too?

kim roy on March 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

They love you, fat man. How could you ever leave that? Stay there, right there, where you belong.

M240H on March 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Can’t touch this:

Don’t want to.

And why does the man need a national donor base? The only thing slim about the fat man was his chances of becoming a national candidate (so long as he remains a “Republican).

Those chances died when he slobbered all over the rat-eared Satan and all but french kissed the guy for all the aid streaming into NJ-at the time when FEMA wasn’t even able to provide water. The fact that his first call after the election was to the rat-eared Satan says all that needs to be said about party loyalty.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Property taxes stable.

Good Lt on March 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

And still extortionately high, which is why people are moving to eastern PA in droves. We call them refugees.

Sad part is we’re starting to see NY plates more and more. Now we’ve got refugees from two states. No wonder PA is a blue state. Liberals are spreading like a virus, running their own states into the ground and then bringing their brain-dead voting habits with them when they flee the beds they’ve crapped.

CurtZHP on March 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Usually a hero sacrifices himself for the good of others, like the soldier that jumps on a grenade to save others. But this orotund man clearly sacrificed Romney & the party for himself, by playing too cozy and too complimentary to Obama less than a week before the election. He didn’t need to do it, but he did, because he had 2016 in mind… for himself.
But what gets me is him on the issues. Like his aggressive pushing of the leftist climate change. If he really believes the climate change bunk, it would be one thing to say that without making a huge commotion about it, but he really throws his weight around, worse than even Huntsman, on it.
Climate change is bull. Review this 3 minute video that calls out Al Gore for repeating the critical IPCC deception about CO2, that their is a causal correlation between CO2 & temperatures, there isn’t: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg&info=GGWarmingSwindle_CO2Lag
Christie knows the info in the above video. So why does he keep repeating the false leftist mantra?

anotherJoe on March 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

A CPAC ‘snub’? Why accuse CPAC of a snub for not inviting Christie, a Republican who has gone out of his way to distance himself from the GOP’s conservative base? Yes, I know CPACinvited Romney

troyriser_gopftw on March 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

People seem to forget the first C in CPAC stands for conservative. In years past it’s been a good venue for up-and-comers to show their conservative credentials.

The fact that the fat liberal Obama-loving traitor didn’t get asked to speak is not a snub. If there is ever a RINOPAC, however, guess who should be on the short list for keynote speaker?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Oh please this is the same guy that sold us all out for a chance to meet “THE BOSS”. Well no no and no thanks Mr. Christie! I say Rand and Rubio 2016 with Attorney General Ted Cruz!

justonevictory on March 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I like Christie, and could totally see myself supporting his candidacy for POTUS. I still don’t understand the Christie-hate over thanking Obama after Sandy and thus costing Romney the election…and the whole “amnesty” (that really isn’t) position…even Rand Paul is realistic about that.

Gov. Christie’s absolutely insane approval in Jersey coupled with his fundraising abilities, could very well be the GOP’s best shot. It’s early tho…anything can happen. But again, Christie gets a lot of undeserved crud (IMHO) from HA conservatives…just boggles my mind.

JetBoy on March 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

may be the only republican with any chance of beating the benghazi queen.

acyl72 on March 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

This man is vile. And a bully.

Rose on March 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

And I don’t see how being popular in a liberal state makes him a good candidate.

Rose on March 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

I’m sure the dems are throwing money at him.

Hey!..whatever happened to Hurricane Sandy? Everything must be fixed now ..riight?
When Bush was in office, there were endless reports about Katrina, with sad stories all the time.

Mimzey on March 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

What positions does Christy hold that are different than the dems?
Just curious.

Mimzey on March 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

This means he can be president…
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.
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of New Jersey.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I say Rand and Rubio 2016 with Attorney General Ted Cruz!

justonevictory on March 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM

And I say be very careful in your plans to drain the Senate of younger GOP talent. The only way you get the plum assignments is seniority- which is why DiFi was so offended that an upstart first-termer would dare question the wisdom, intelligence, and Constitutional knowledge of his better who has been in the Senate for well over two decades.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

There is no way I consider christie a r, period. He seems to be doing a great job for the citizens of NJ and he needs to stay there and help them!

Our home would not vote for christie, and if he does run that would be the first time I haven’t voted in years in every election!
I don’t like or trust him.
L

letget on March 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

OMG. POTUS run for Christie is doomed.

The Hat Eater will support him for POTUS. Too Funny.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

EFF THIS FAT BOZO!

IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER PALIN THREAD BABY!!!!

HAHAHHAHAHAHA!!!

ToddPA on March 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

What positions does Christy hold that are different than the dems?
Just curious.

Mimzey on March 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

He loves muzzies even more than dems.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Gov. Christie’s absolutely insane approval in Jersey coupled with his fundraising abilities, could very well be the GOP’s best shot. It’s early tho…anything can happen. But again, Christie gets a lot of undeserved crud (IMHO) from HA conservatives…just boggles my mind.

JetBoy on March 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Oh please. Being popular as a Republican in New Jersey means you aren’t that much of a Republican to begin with no matter what Ann Coulter and the other establishment columnists try to say about the man. And if you think that the ire over his slobbering endorsement of Obama days before the election is about doing his job as governor you are as insane as the morbidly obese traitor.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

cpac snubbed him and he still pulled 7% in the straw poll, raising tons of cash. prepare for the inevitable. he will be the republican nominee in 2016 if he wants it.

chasdal on March 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

RINO’s need to eat too y’know.

And eat.

And eat.

And eat.

DeweyWins on March 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

There is no way I consider christie a r, period. He seems to be doing a great job for the citizens of NJ and he needs to stay there and help them!

letget on March 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Ron Paul is at the top of my “Hell NO!” list of potential GOP candidates. He earned a permanent place there several years ago. Christie is definitely in the top three.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

I like Christie, and could totally see myself supporting his candidacy for POTUS. I still don’t understand the Christie-hate over thanking Obama after Sandy and thus costing Romney the election…and the whole “amnesty” (that really isn’t) position…even Rand Paul is realistic about that.

Gov. Christie’s absolutely insane approval in Jersey coupled with his fundraising abilities, could very well be the GOP’s best shot. It’s early tho…anything can happen. But again, Christie gets a lot of undeserved crud (IMHO) from HA conservatives…just boggles my mind.

JetBoy on March 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s good; ie, honey boo boo, reality TV, Britney Spears.

But to the important part: What positions of his are conservative besides his bellowing at teachers and union busting?

Sell us. Convince us we’re wrong.

kim roy on March 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Just goes to show the old adage “A fool and his money are soon parted” is still true.

txmomof6 on March 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

I like Christie, and could totally see myself supporting his candidacy for POTUS. I still don’t understand the Christie-hate over thanking Obama after Sandy and thus costing Romney the election…and the whole “amnesty” (that really isn’t) position…even Rand Paul is realistic about that.

Gov. Christie’s absolutely insane approval in Jersey coupled with his fundraising abilities, could very well be the GOP’s best shot. It’s early tho…anything can happen. But again, Christie gets a lot of undeserved crud (IMHO) from HA conservatives…just boggles my mind.

JetBoy on March 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

The reason so many of us don’t like CRISTie is that he’s not a conservative on most issues. He threw Romney under the bus at two critical junctures of the campaign, first with his pathetic excuse of a keynote speech at the convention and then with the Sandy Obama lovefest in the last week before the election. And he can’t even fall back on his alleged fiscal conservative credentials anymore after the way he publicly trashed the House GOP when they balked at passing a pork-filled Sandy relief bill or his sellout on Obamacare.

And please don’t cite his approval rating as reason for supporting him for President. If you’ll recall, Sarah Palin was in the 80′s when McCain tapped her as his VP pick. How long did that last once the Democrat/media complex was through with her?

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

He loves muzzies even more than dems.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

This is my biggest problem with Christie. We need to be honest and objective about Islam, and not live in some fantasy world where Islam is a “religion of peace”. It in no way behaves peacefully these days, or throughout history.

thuja on March 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I like Christie, and could totally see myself supporting his candidacy for POTUS. I still don’t understand the Christie-hate over thanking Obama after Sandy and thus costing Romney the election…and the whole “amnesty” (that really isn’t) position…even Rand Paul is realistic about that.

Gov. Christie’s absolutely insane approval in Jersey coupled with his fundraising abilities, could very well be the GOP’s best shot. It’s early tho…anything can happen. But again, Christie gets a lot of undeserved crud (IMHO) from HA conservatives…just boggles my mind.

JetBoy on March 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Being popular in Jersey is nothing to brag about.

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I keep going back to Christie’s aggressive promotion of climate change because it is very telling of his quasi-Democratic world view.
Look at the company he keeps in his climate change view. Nearly all the bigest pushers of climate change are the most extreme leftists. Check this out, “leading the charge” is Barbara Boxer and the only avowed Socialist in the senate Bernie Sanders.

Add Christie to that trio: http://www.foreffectivegov.org/blog/sanders-and-boxer-take-lead-climate-change

anotherJoe on March 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

As I said many times before, Chris Christie is not that bad – for New Jersey. Though compared to some former governors of our fine state, Cthulhu wouldn’t be that bad either.

I could see even Christie as a President. He has a grasp of what balanced budget is, he can work across the isle without bending over, and he takes no bullshit when it comes to the press. No matter what the TruCon weasel pack says, he’d be a major improvement over Bush and light years ahead of Ogabe. I just hope we’d have a better option come 2016…

Archivarix on March 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Chris Christie raising record cash

And spends it all at McDonalds.

clearbluesky on March 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Yet another redo of the McLame/Romney liberal in the hiding. Along with Rubio, aka Romney Lite, lies and all.

FWIW, it probably won’t matter who runs on GOP platform next time, with a ticket of Shillary and Moochelle we do not have anyone to beat them. After voting for a “historical Black POTUS” it now will be another “historical”, a double whammy if you will, “first woman POTUS” as well as “first woman VP”. Liberals will only need a portion of the idiots, err, independents, to make this happen. Actually, just a few points of the male voters will do nicely when more than 90% of blacks and 90% of women will vote for this “dumb and dumber, Part Doh!” Or is it, “crook and freeloader, Part Doh!”

riddick on March 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Chris Christie in a starring role.

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

And I don’t see how being popular in a liberal state makes him a good candidate.

Rose on March 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

“Romney” ring a bell?

riddick on March 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

“Romney” ring a bell?

riddick on March 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Romney was, in fact, the best of a REALLY bad roster. He wasn’t bad. He just lacked in the testicular department, that’s all, and that’s one thing Chris Christie has with spare. Can we run him for Governor of Northeastern Territories?

Archivarix on March 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Alright…I see a pattern with Cristie critics. But I fail to see him as a “liberal” given a general overview as seen HERE.

JetBoy on March 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

The reason so many of us don’t like CRISTie…

That didn’t go unnoticed :P

JetBoy on March 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Chris Christie raising record cash

The Republican base could care less how much money Chris Chringle raises…just ask Mitt Romney.

rvastar on March 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

If he runs, the liberal media will select him to be the Republican nominee, just as they did Johnny Mac.

Of course they will still vote democratic.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

That screen shot is just crying out for a caption.

ToddPA on March 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Who’s giving this fatso $$$?

LurkerDood on March 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

The reason so many of us don’t like CRISTie…
That didn’t go unnoticed :P

JetBoy on March 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

We are all just wondering if you are going two for two on Repubs turning Dem? :)

melle1228 on March 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

We are all just wondering if you are going two for two on Repubs turning Dem? :)

melle1228 on March 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Hey, I totally screwed up with Crist…but Christie is far away from that deluded flake. Of course, I’m not making any bets tho… :)

JetBoy on March 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

A lot of that money is coming from Democrats who are trying to shape what kind of Republican party they want as their opposition.

mintycrys on March 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

I’m sure fatso will screw it up somehow just like he screwed up Sandy relief and the nov elections.

unseen on March 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

That is the GOP way! You too can buy your way into the White House since the STUPID Americans are too lazy to do their own research. That means they will believe OUR GOP PROPAGANDA!

Until enough Americans work to prove them wrong they will continue to fool the gullible.

America ALWAYS gets the government it DESERVES!

DannoJyd on March 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Chris Christie is what New Jersey needs–a blunt straight-talker who isn’t afraid to take on the unions bankrupting his state, while avoiding the “social issues” that have sunk Republicans in redder states than New Jersey (such as Indiana and Missouri in last year’s Senate races).

He is not a good fit elsewhere in the country–his left-of-center social views won’t motivate the Evangelical base, and his brash manner of speaking may be obnoxious to some swing voters, where somebody like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is more palatable.

IMHO Christie should run for re-election and keep up the good work in New Jersey, but not think about the Presidency. The Republican Party now has 30 Governors out of 50 states (or was that 57?), and there are other future Presidential candidates in those Governor’s mansions.

Steve Z on March 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Romney was, in fact, the best of a REALLY bad roster. He wasn’t bad. He just lacked in the testicular department, that’s all, and that’s one thing Chris Christie has with spare. Can we run him for Governor of Northeastern Territories?

Archivarix on March 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

You mean that his well documented record of (really) higher taxes, err, fees, RomneyCare, anti-gun laws, pro-abortion stance to the point of telling underaged to sue their parents to get abortions was conservative and somehow represented us, in general?

Wow…

riddick on March 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Who’s giving this fatso $$$?

LurkerDood on March 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Same people who gave us Romney – liberals.

riddick on March 19, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Let me put this as plainly as I can. If Chris CRISTie is the Republican nominee in 2016, I will not vote.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Ditto. But with one change.
I will vote, but I will be voting for a real conservative. I will not be voting for a RINO this time just because they have an “R” next to their name and they are the “official” GOP nominee presented to us.

Sterling Holobyte on March 19, 2013 at 6:12 PM

I’m also in the not voting for Christie camp. I’ve listed my reasons before. That we are even discussing Christie as a possible GOP POTUS nominee shows that the Peter Principle remains alive and well in the GOP. Doing a popular and even good job in the deep blue bastion of NJ and appearing conservative in contrast to committed blue model politicians there in no way translates into national competence or general conservative positions. Heck, by today’s standards, JFK would likely be considered as much of a conservative as Christie.

deepdiver on March 19, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Alright…I see a pattern with Cristie critics. But I fail to see him as a “liberal” given a general overview as seen HERE.

JetBoy on March 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Er.. you do realize that at the bottom of the page it says:

Chris Christie is a Moderate Liberal Populist.

According to something called a “vote match quiz”, but what really stood out was this (from your link):

We already have too many firearms in our community In April 1993 Christie announced that he would challenge incumbent state senator John Dorsey, an 18-year lawmaker, in the Republican primary. It was a big and brassy move because Dorsey was the Senate majority leader. We already have too many firearms in our community NJ’s ban on semiautomatic weapons. The ban was among the signature pieces of legislation passed.

“The issue which has energized me to get into this race is the recent attempt by certain Republican legislators to repeal NJ’s ban on assault weapons.
Source: Rise to Power, by B. Ingle & M. Symons, p. 45-46 , Jun 5, 2012

*koff*

kim roy on March 19, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Keep that money in New Jersey..stay away from the rest of America, thank you.

sadsushi on March 19, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Who’s giving this fatso $$$?

LurkerDood on March 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

…fat people!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2013 at 9:57 PM