By Alessio Tummolillo
Governor Chris Christie has been growing closer to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, which leaves Facebook co-founder, Chris Hughes, disappointed.
The New Jersey Governor has been raking in the donations, already coming up with 10 times the amount of campaigning money compared to leading Democratic candidate, Senator Barbara Buono.
Less than a week after Christie announced he would be attending a fundraiser at Zuckerberg’s home in Palo Alto, Hughes, who is openly gay and is now the publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic, let it be known that he didn’t approve of Christie’s stance regarding Marriage Equality:
“I, for one, have a lot of questions about Chris Christie, particularly because less than a year ago he vetoed a marriage equality bill in the New Jersey state legislature,” he said. Christie’s veto was in relation to a gay marriage bill this past February, when he stated he would only pass a measure reinforcing the current civil union law.
Hughes, who married his partner in June, went on to say, “I mean, there are tens of thousands of couples in New Jersey that can’t share their love and be recognized under that law because of that decision. I’m not a single issue voter, and I think most people aren’t either, but for me personally, it would raise serious concerns about supporting someone like him.”
Zuckerberg and Christie really got to know each other during “intense conversations for weeks” as they worked together to negotiate the details of a $100 million challenge grant that the Facebook founder awarded to Newark schools in his home state in 2010.
“When Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan offer to hold a fundraiser for you, you say, ‘Yes sir, what time should I come?’” the governor said. “They’re both wonderful people, have become very good friends to me and to Mary Pat…and I’m certainly happy to have their support in the election.”