Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at his Palo Alto home Wednesday night, but not everyone welcomed Zuckerberg’s guest, as some 40 protestors gathered outside the gates.
Bloomberg reported that Christie was targeted due to his position on women’s health funding, and Becky Bond, political director of Credo Action, an activist network affiliated with mobile phone provider Credo Mobile, told Bloomberg:
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. (The protesters were) delivering the message that to give money to Chris Christie, even at Mark Zuckerberg’s house, is funding the war on women.
According to Bloomberg, protestors carried signs reading, “Zuck + Chris, hands off Planned Parenthood,” and chanted, “One, two, three, four, this is not the Jersey Shore. Five, six, seven, eight, Zuck send Christie to his state.”
Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Spokeswoman Elma Rosas told Bloomberg Zuckerberg is listed as “no preference” on voter rolls, and he voted in the past two general elections, in 2008 and 2012.
And Facebook Manager, Public Policy and Communications Andrew Noyes told Bloomberg:
Mark and Priscilla (Chan) have worked closely with Gov. 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 schoolchildren.
Bloomberg reported that one of the guests at the event was Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state under President George W. Bush, adding that when she was asked for her thoughts on the fundraiser, she would only say, “I’m here privately.”
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