Chris Christie, the popular New Jersey governor who’s enjoying a 20 percentage point lead in his re-election bid, is maxed-out under his state’s public financing guidelines.
That’s not stopping Linda and Vince McMahon, the first family of WWE’s professional wrestling juggernaut, from hosing a fundraiser for him Oct. 9 at the family’s Greenwich home, according to a source in Christie’s campaign. The suggested donation? The maximum $3,800 allowed under New Jersey’s campaign finance laws.
The Republican governor and his Democratic opponent Barbara Buono have both agreed to accept public funds, which match private donations by as much as $2 for every $1 raised through private donations. Candidates can to receive a maximum of $8.2 million under the program and spend as much as $12.2 million.
Christie has so far raised $12.41 million, including $7.94 in public money, while Buono has a combined $1.31 million, according to state figures.
Some expenses such as the cost of reporting and compliance, candidate travel or election night celebrations are exempt from the spending caps under the program’s guidelines.
Christie campaigned for Linda McMahon last year during her failed bid to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate.
In April, New Jersey’s 82,500-seat MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford hosted the WWE’s WrestleMania XXIX, its biggest annual event. Christie touted WrestleMania as an undertaking that would generate “tens of millions” of dollars in economic activity in North Jersey.