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.