Facebook's Zuckerberg to host fundraiser for potential US presidential contender

(REUTERS) - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, will host a fundraiser for New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie at their California home on Feb 13, the social networking site said on Thursday.

Mr Zuckerberg and Mr Christie, a potential presidential contender in 2016, have teamed up before, when the tech guru donated US$100 million (S$122 million) to the struggling public schools in Newark, New Jersey, in 2010.

"Mark and Priscilla... admire his leadership on education reform and other issues and look forward to continuing their important work together on behalf of Newark's school children," Facebook said in a statement.

The blunt-spoken Mr Christie is seeking re-election in November to a second term as governor. He took office in 2010.

Right now, he doesn't seem to need much help as his approval rating skyrocketed after Superstorm Sandy hit the state last October. A Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday found that three-quarters of New Jersey voters approved of Mr Christie's performance and nearly seven in 10 say he deserves to be re-elected.

New Jersey Democrats also have not rallied behind a single challenger. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney has said he is considering running, but the poll found that Mr Christie would easily defeat Mr Sweeney.

Mr Christie would also trounce Ms Barbara Buono - who has said she will run against the governor - and possible challenger Mr Richard Codey, the poll found. Both are Democratic state senators.

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