Protests Occur Outside Of Mark Zuckerberg’s Home During Chris Christie Fundraiser
Last month we wrote about how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would be hosting a fundraiser for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at his home with his wife Priscilla Chan. Guests at the event included Condoleezza Rice. Governor Chris Christie is seeking re-election this year and has been raising funds in California since February 11th. During the event, there was around 40 protestors outside.
“When we heard that Mark Zuckerberg was going to be inviting his wealthy Silicon Valley friends to raise money for Chris Christie, we thought they needed to see a bunch of us out here,” stated Becky Bond, one of the 40 protestors carrying a sign that said “Zuck + Chris, hands off Planned Parenthood.” While serving as Governor of New Jersey, Christie blocked Democrats from raising taxes on millionaires, adding funding for schools and women’s health, along with allowing gay marriage.
Back in 2010, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Christie the first time when he donated $100 million to assist schools in Newark, New Jersey. Priscilla and Mark admire Christie’s leadership on education reform according to Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes.
“One, two, three, four, this is not the Jersey Shore,” said the protestors as they marched around outside of the home. “Five, six, seven, eight, Zuck send Christie to his state.”
Zuckerberg is not affiliated with any specific political party. Zuckerberg hosted a town-hall meeting at Facebook’s headquarters with Barack Obama in April 2011. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg hosted a town-hall meeting with Chris Christie later that year. Christie has a 74% approval rating for how he responded to Hurricane Sandy, which is up from 56% before the storm.
Governor Christie raised $2.1 million for his re-election bid through December and his Democratic challenger, state Senator Barbara Buono raised $212,927 according to campaign reports.