Is a former governor investing in a future U.S. Senate confirmation hearing?
Former Gov. Chris Christie wrote just two personal checks to candidates in 2019: he sent $5,600 to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and $5,600 to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.
Christie held a fundraiser for McConnell in Mendham in December.
McConnell reported raising $407,439 for his re-election campaign from New Jersey donors. He raised about $140,000 in New Jersey during the same time period, although it’s not clear how many of those donors were connected to the Christie event.
Graham was one of Christie’s opponents in the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Christie had not contributed to President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign as of December 31, 2019.
Reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission show no contributions from Christie to any state, county or local candidates or party organizations in 2019.
Former Gov. Jon Corzine, once a major donor to political campaigns across the nation and in New Jersey, contributed $10,600 to federal races in 2019. He wrote a $2,800 check to Joe Biden, sent $2,000 to Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, and $1,000 to Pete Buttigieg. He also donated $5,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $2,800 to freshman Rep. Max Rose (D-New York).