Christie raises $6.2 million, holds huge early fundraising edge

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has raised $6.2 million for his 2013 reelection campaign, setting a fast fundraising pace in his first few months as a candidate and far outraising his opponent.

Christie's campaign has $3.4 million cash on hand even after launching a $1.2 million ad campaign last week. He is considered a strong favorite for reelection.

“Gov. Christie’s style of strong leadership continues to resonate and draw an unprecedented show of support for the Governor’s reelection from inside and outside of the state, and from across the donor spectrum,” Christie campaign chairman Bill Palatucci said in a statement.

Christie's opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), is raising money at a considerably slower pace, having pulled in a reported $738,000. She is receiving matching funds (she has gotten about $1 million for the Democratic primary so far), which means she has to raise money in smaller chunks.

Even if she raises the maximum amount for the primary, she will still have less money than Christie has already raised.

Christie has opted out of the public financing system in the primary.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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