Gov. Chris Christie plans to forego the use of matching funds for the gubernatorial primary, a source close to the governor said today.
The source said so far the decision only pertains to the primary.
As of earlier this year, the governor had already raised $2.1 million for his war chest and has already planned at least one more fundraiser.
In the primary, the governor could have counted on a maximum of $5.6 million to spend, but with his decision he will likely amass far more than that before the June election. it's widely anticipated that Christie will also choose to forego the funds in the general election when he is expected to have upwards of $40 million at his disposal. The cap for the general election is $12.9 million
The source also confirmed that Christie is planning a West Coast fundraising swing, including a stop in L.A. where the governor with the growing rolodex of Hollywood supporters hopes Director Steven Spielberg will be a headliner.
Late last year, the mega-director and longtime Democrat called Christie his "hero" in an intreview with the Hollywood Reporter.
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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