Gov. Chris Christie today submitted $4.13 million for the state’s matching funds program.
The number is just shy of the $4.22 maximun allowed under the program. The submission entitles the governor to nearly $8 million in matched funds from the state, giving him a war chest of about $12 million with just over two months left in the campaign.
Christie’s submission for the program is a sharp reversal from the governor’s primary strategy that saw him travel the country in search of funds. Christie was expected to raise as much as $20 million for his re-election effort, however, with polls showing him up by as much as 30 points and his opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, slow to raise money, Christie now can focus the remainder of the campaign on retail politics.