Since the theme of the week is creating jobs, this point might be going unnoticed: 104 individuals who list their occupations as “unemployed” have contributed $60,000 to the three leading candidates for Governor.
The most popular candidate among the unemployed is Republican Christopher Christie, who has raised $26,887 from 47 unemployed donors -himself included. Christie left his job at the U.S. Department of Justice last year to run for governor, and he contributed $6,800 to his primary and general election campaigns. With matching funds, contributions from the unemployed donors could have brought in more $75,000.
Independent Christopher Daggett has 27 unemployed donors who have contributed $17,921 to his campaign coffers. Public financing can bring that total to more than $50,000.
Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, who works for $1-a-year and pays for his own hotel rooms, has raised $14,470 from 30 unemployed donors. Corzine is not accepting matching funds.