The Christie campaign is out today announcing $6.166 million in total net contributions since the New Jersey governor declared for reelection. That figure comprises contributions from over 14,000 individuals, or roughly six times as many individual contributors as gave to the campaign during the 2009 primary season. Eighty-five percent of Christie donors are New Jersey residents, and 75 percent of them are small donors, giving $100 or less. According to the release, the 15 percent of donations that came from out of state includes cash from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
I was curious to see if Christie’s out-of-state support is regionalized in any interesting way (say, in a way that suggests something about his 2016 prospects), so I put in a call to the campaign asking if they had a state-by-state breakdown of where the money is coming from. I’ll update this post if I get anything, but spokesman Kevin Roberts tells me it will be difficult to get exact figures, since fewer disclosures are required for contributors who give less than $300.
After a $1.2 million television ad buy — the first of the campaign — Christie now has $3.4 million in cash on hand for a primary in which he faces no serious competition.