Christie Collects Public Money For Re-Election Bid

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign is leaving no doubt about its fundraising ability.

The state Election Law Enforcement Commission announced Tuesday that it has sent the Republican $7.2 million in matching funds, only $1 million shy of the cap on how much public money he can use for the Nov. 5 election.

To get the money, Christie had to raise $4.1 million from private donors.

To date, Democrat Barbara Buono has reported raising $445,000 for the general election, enough to qualify for the public match but little more than one-tenth of what Christie has brought in.

Since the candidates are accepting public funds, they’re limited to spending no more than $12.2 million total in private and public money.