Christie Inaugural Committee raises nearly $225,000 for charity

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie Inaugural Committee officials announced Thursday they expect to split nearly $225,000 between three New Jersey charities.

The Inaugural Committee issued the statement less than three weeks after the governor’s inaugural bash on Ellis Island was canceled due to severe weather. Three charities are expected to receive approximately $75,000 each from funds raised and donations collected following Christie’s re-election.

“We are incredibly proud to continue the tradition started four years ago of using the Inauguration as an opportunity to partner with and support charitable organizations that are giving back to our communities in incredible ways,” said the committee’s co-chairmen, Todd Christie and Bill Palatucci, in a statement.

“On behalf of the Governor Christie, Lt. Governor Guadagno, and the entire Inaugural Committee, we are deeply appreciative for the generosity of every one of our contributors,” they said. “Though Mother Nature changed our plans, credit goes to our supporters who enabled us to put on a special day of events for Governor Christie and give back in a significant way to these worthwhile organizations.”

Last month, Palatucci told PolitickerNJ the event brought in “well beyond $500,000” in ticket sales, which were sold for $500 apiece.

The charities set to benefit from ticket sales are Save Ellis Island, New Jersey Heroes and the New Hope Baptist Church.

Christie Inaugural Committee raises nearly $225,000 for charity