Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder worth more dough than all of us combined (and then some), opened his home last night for a Christie For Governor fundraiser that marked the tech titan's first foray into partisan politics. Zuckberberg and Christie became boys back in 2010, when Zuckerberg made a $100 million matching grant to Newark schools, and they have since become texting and one-time sleep-over buddies.
Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice stopped by, perhaps hoping to get on the short list for veep if Christie lands the GOP nomination in 2016. As did Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, and a bunch of other important Silicon Valley types. Bloomberg News reported that "black sedans mixed with the occasional Maserati, Ferrari, BMW and Mercedes" dropped off attendees..."Attire was mixed, with Rice in a yellow jacket, black top and gold necklace, while a man in a black Audi came in jeans and a hoodie."
The event capped Christie's three-day gold rush to California. Untold dollars were raised, but $3,800-per-person is the max. (Although Republicans are exploiting a loophole for more money, as the Bergen Record reported today.)
Christie entered the event through a garage, avoiding protesters who showed up in front of Zuckerberg's house chanting rhymes like:
Hey, Facebook, Shame on You
Christie hurts women, now you do, too.
A coalition of liberal groups, including some in New Jersey, started a social media campaign in recent days to "Unfriend Christie." The #UnfriendChristie message sought to explain to Zuckerberg that Christie vetoed a gay marriage bill and repeatedly eliminated funding for Planned Parenthood (the money was for women's health care, not abortion).
Oddly, New Jersey liberals never protest Christie events in New Jersey, but were able to help mobilize action 3,000 miles away.