On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a fundraiser for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at his home in Palo Alto, California. It’s thought to be the first major political fundraiser that the billionaire has ever hosted.
“Mark and Priscilla have worked closely with Governor Christie on education reform in the Newark school system. They admire his leadership on education reform and other issues and look forward to continuing their important work together on behalf of Newark’s school children,” said a Facebook spokesperson, in justification for the fundraiser.
But the fundraiser didn’t go off without a hitch. In fact, it was disrupted by dozens of activists who led a spirited protest outside Zuckerberg’s home. According to Bloomberg, around 40 protesters greeted guests as they arrived last night.
“When we heard that Mark Zuckerberg was going to be inviting his wealthy Silicon Valley friends to raise money for Chris Christie, we thought they needed to see a bunch of us out here,” said Becky Bond, VP and Political Director of CREDO.
CREDO Action is an activism program working as a wing of CREDO Mobile.
“When I say ‘go home’ you say ‘Christie,” said one protest leader.
“CHRISTIE, GO HOME,” echoed the protestors.
As former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice walked through the crowd of protesters, she was met with cries of “Shame on you,” and questions about the Iraq War. You can see Rice arrive at the fundraiser in a video here.
Protesters mainly spoke out about Christie’s record on women’s rights, which they find lacking.
“Chris Christie has built his political reputation by attacking Planned Parenthood, which provides all kinds of health services to women and men,” Greg Miller, a retired nurse with the California Nurses Association told The Huffington Post. “And we think that Mark Zuckerberg is contaminating himself by supporting that.”
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