GOP insiders described a New Brunswick Hilton crammed with between 700-800 supporters of Gov. Chris Christie's at last night's kickoff fundraiser for the governor's 2013 gubernatorial bid.
According to a Christie source, the governor raised about $500,000 for his re-election bid, putting his war-chest well over $2.6 million.
"It was a mob scene," a Republican source told PolitickerNJ.com.
There were at least four rooms packed with the governor's supporters.
The general admission crowd paid $300 per head to get in the door and into the big room.
There was a $1,000 room, and a $3,800 room. Those who were responsible for giving $50,000 or more had a special chamber with the governor, a source said.
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"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi- The Daily Beast
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