Incredibly wealthy GOP backer lays golden hand on Christie

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who is believed to have given more money to an election in 2012 than any other person in history -- including a whopping $92 million to 2012 Republican candidates via a series of outside groups -- is holding a fundraiser today for Gov. Christie at The Palazzo in Las Vegas.

The fundraiser is technically for Christie's re-election campaign, but c'mon, Adelson doesn't strike me as a guy who plays small-ball state politics. He plays for the presidency, and this has 2016 written all over it.

Adelson essentially subsidized Newt Gingrich's campaign in 2012 before moving over to Mitt Romney. A staunch supporter of Israel, Adelson might have appreciated Christie's controversial and hawkish comments last week. He also probably likes that the gov visited Israel last year.

I emailed BIll Palatucci, Christie's campaign chairman, but he said he wouldn't give me details about how many people attended the fundraiser -- or more importantly, how much money was raised.

As the Las Vegas Sun points out, there's some irony in Christie's visit. Two years ago, boosting Atlantic City, Christie said: “Why would you go to the middle of the desert in the summer? You'd have to be stupid to do that.”

When the biggest giver in political history opens his checkbook, though, you'd be doubly stupid not to go.