Christie, barely running, rakes in $2.1 million

Gov. Christie's re-election campaign announced this morning that it raised more than $2.1 million in the 36 days since he announced his plans to run. That was without a fundraising event and with little more than some mailers and a web site.

His only major competitor so far on the Democratic front, State Sen. Barbara Buono (D., Middlesex), has $250,000 in the bank. She's edging closer to the $380,000 mark required for public matching funds. 

"This unprecedented financial support in such a short time demonstrates the overwhelming support from residents across the Garden State," said Michael DuHaime, Christie's campaign strategist, in a statement.

On Sunday, I wrote about how Christie has a head-start on the campaign and is already securing support from traditionally Democratic demographics, like Latinos and labor.

As a point of comparison, in 2009 Christie spent $11.9 million to defeat Gov. Corzine's $27.4 million.