By Darryl R. Isherwood | July 22nd, 2013 - 10:50am
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Gov. Chris Christie raised $2.2 million in the quarter that ended June 30, according to the most recent report from the Election Law Enforcement Commission.

The total haul left the Republican incumbent with $2.1 million on hand as he begins his general election bid.

Christie raised the bulk of his money through donations larger than $300, and brought in the vast majority of the money in June, according to the report. Christie has not spent much to date in his re-election effort, shelling out just $89,000 to date, of which $56,000 was for chartered flights to Chicago and Utah.

The vast majority - 613 out of 841 donors - were from New Jersey, accounting for about $1.6 million in donations.

Christie has not yet said if he plans to participate in the state's matching funds program for the general election and has until September to decide.  He did not participate in the program in the primary election, but were he to opt in for the general, he would need to raise another $2 million to hit the state limit.

Christie's opponent, State Sen. Barbara Buono, participated in the program for the primary and will again for the general election.  To date, she's brought in about $1.1 million and received an additional $1.8 million in matched funds.  She has yet to submit for the general election and tomorrow is another deadline for her to hit the minimum threshold to begin receiving the match.

Her fundrsaising effort is well below Christie's total of $7.8 million raised so far in the primary and general elections.

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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