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Sunday 20 April 2014

Zuckerberg to host Republican fundraiser

FACEBOOK founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) is making a foray into politics by hosting a fundraising event for Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey.

The 28-year-old billionaire and his wife, Priscilla Chan, will host Mr Christie at their California home next month and charge the Republican's supporters for the privilege of attending.

The event, which will raise funds for Mr Christie's re-election effort in November, came as a surprise to many political observers who associate Silicon Valley with liberal politics.

Mr Christie, who is considered a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has long presented himself as a pragmatist able to get results in a deeply Democrat state.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last autumn, he praised US President Barack Obama and sharply criticised Republicans in Congress for holding up relief funding for victims of the storm.

Mr Zuckerberg and Mr Christie met in 2010, when the Facebook executive donated $100m (€74m) to the school system in Newark, one of New Jersey's most troubled cities.

"Mark and Priscilla have worked closely with Governor Christie on education reform in the Newark school system," said a Facebook spokesman. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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