Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., has seen an influx of cash from big donors that typically donate to Democrats — including from a hedge fund run by George Soros and major Obama donors — according to records reviewed by the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
A few of the donors, from the Star-Ledger:
• John Doerr, a top Democratic fundraiser and venture capitalist in California, sent Christie the maximum $3,800 donation for the Republican primary this year. So did his wife. Federal records show the couple has given more than $1.2 million to national Democrats since 1997.
• Tim Mullen, a Chicago investor who gave more than $100,000 to [Rahm] Emanuel’s campaign for mayor in 2011 and bundled from $200,000 to $500,000 for Obama in 2008, has also sent Christie a maximum donation, as has his wife Alice. Mullen was already a Christie donor in 2009, state records show.
According to the records, Christie has raised a total of around $6.6 million, while his Democratic challenger Barbara Buono has brought in around $2.3 million.
Buono has been consistently trailing Christie by at least 20 points, while Christie has enjoyed strong approval ratings, most recently in the 70 percent range, since Hurricane Sandy.