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    Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign raised nearly 10 times more money than his chief opponent through Dec. 31, according to newly released campaign records.


    Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign raised nearly 10 times more money than his chief opponent through Dec. 31, according to newly released campaign records.

    The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission today released campaign finance reports for the gubernatorial campaign. Christie pulled in $2,139,545. State Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Edison) raised $214,500.

    Christie spent a bit more than $53,000 as of Dec. 31. Buono had spent just $1,573.

    The report is the latest evidence of Christie’s knack for raising money. Christie served as a “bundler” for former President George W. Bush and became a fundraising force last year when he traveled the country raising cash and support for Mitt Romney’s failed presidential bid.

    The fundraising tally for Christie’s own campaign is likely to balloon considerably. The governor’s campaign has already announced it won’t take public funds in 2013. That means he won’t have to adhere to spending limits.

    Buono, who plans to take public money, will be entitled to up to $3.5 million in public matching funds for the primary campaign, though she’ll have to limit her spending to $5.6 million.

    It’s still unclear whether Buono will face a primary fight. Newark Mayor Cory Booker has said he won’t challenge Christie, and Trenton insiders say it’s unlikely Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-West Deptford) will, either. Sweeney’s predecessor, state Sen. Richard Codey (D-Livingston), has yet to say whether he’ll join the race.

    As for Christie, he picked up the endorsement of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association this morning, his second major endorsement of the campaign.
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