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Californians Gather to Protest Facebook Creator's Support of Gov. Christie

The Facebook founder's first political fundraiser draws picketers and police.

This story originally appeared on Palo Alto Patch.

Dozens of protestors crowded the sidewalk outside of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto home Wednesday evening to oppose a campaign fundraiser for outspoken NJ Gov. Chris Christie.

The event, which marks Zuckerberg’s first foray into the world of political fundraising, drew picketers angered largely over Christie’s efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood and other women’s health programs in New Jersey.

Signs depicting a reversed thumbs-down version of Facebook’s iconic “like” symbol and the words: “zuck + chris – hands off planned parenthood” were distributed by CREDO, a California-based mobile phone and network provider that makes donations to politically progressive causes and organizes activism.

Becky Bond, CREDO’s political director, said that her organization has worked strenuously in the past to advocate for stopping the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and holds Christie responsible for closing six women’s health centers in his state. Many at the rally believed Zuckerberg’s decision to host the fundraiser for Christie tacitly implicates him in political efforts to disenfranchise women.

“We saw this as a great opportunity to come out,” Bond said. “Clearly, Mark Zuckerberg is a very smart man, but this is a decision we think he should really rethink. We’re here to show him that when he funds Chris Christie, he’s funding the Republican war on women. We want to send him a really strong message: if he doesn’t want to be associated with the war on women, then he shouldn’t be associated with Chris Christie.”

The event was not the first time Zuckerberg and Christie have crossed paths. Reportedly, Zukerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan met the governor after donating $100 million dollars to improve struggling schools in Newark, New Jersey in 2011.

Stanford Professor and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was among those in attendance Wednesday. She and many of Zuckerberg’s guests, reportedly paying up to $3,800 dollars each (the maximum under New Jersey law), had to wade through protestors who encouraged them to “fund Planned Parenthood, not Chris Christie.”

None of the individuals on their way in to the event would respond to requests for comment.

Jake February 15, 2013 at 03:19 PM
california is broke and going further under. Stay out of new jersey business you bunch of whining sissies. I know you must be jealous of Christie because the best you can do is the old hag pelosi but please stay away from NJ we are happy with Christie.
Susan Kelley February 16, 2013 at 08:24 AM
You took the words right out of my mouth.
Arthur Rittenhouse February 16, 2013 at 03:11 PM
We are proud to have Governor Christie who works for the people of NJ
gjc February 16, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I hope when I reach Ms. Pelosi's age, I look as beautiful as she does. She is also an extremely intelligent and well-spoken representative. Your nasty comment shows that you are both an ageist and sexist. That said, there is absolutely no American politician who believes in everything that I do or for that matter, what others believe in. The best you can hope for is someone who comes really close to what one believes in. I disagree with Christie's stand on Planned Parenthood, national health insurance and the the tunnel to NY among other things. But he did do the right things when it came to Hurricanes Irene and Sandy and he fought very hard for federal assistance. As things stand at this moment, he is a good candidate for re-election. Perhaps things will change in a year but don't go knocking others just because their opinion is different than yours.
George Clark February 17, 2013 at 01:16 AM
governor christie is a big piece of ..... he's done nothing for the people of nj. he's done much for the mobs of a.c. horse racing, on line gambling, fracking waste etc.. etc.. you people are either on the take with him or just stupid to think the fat bastard is gonna do anything good for nj,. he's a big boss hog.

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