Gov. Christie war chest grows before GOP primary

NJ Gov. Chris Christie.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie. (1/4/13)

TRENTON - TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has raised more than $2 million in the 36 days since announcing his re-election bid, doing so without any announced fundraisers, according to campaign fundraising experts.

The governor's main tool was mostly by word of mouth, the Internet and direct mail, according to a report.

Christie is already eligible for maximum matching funds if he chooses to participate in the state public campaign financing program for the Republican primary, which takes place June 11. After candidates raise $380,000 to qualify for the program, the state will match additional money they raise, up to $2 million for a political primary.

State Sen. Barbara Buono has raised almost $250,000, which exceeded her fundraising goals. She anticipates raising enough to qualify for matching funds in the primary.

Newark Mayor Booker made it official recently that he won't run for governor.

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