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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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile
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