AP: Christie to tap public funds for election

 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to fellow Republicans, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 during the Republican National Committee summer meeting in Boston. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, pool)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to fellow Republicans, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 during the Republican National Committee summer meeting in Boston. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, pool)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will accept state public matching funds for his re-election bid.

A campaign official tells The Associated Press the Christie for Governor campaign will make an initial filing Tuesday with more than $4.1 million raised.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was not authorized to speak before the actual filing.

The 2-for-1 match will give the campaign more than $8 million, a sizeable advantage over Christie’s Democratic opponent, Sen. Barbara Buono.

Buono has made only one public filing since winning her party’s primary with $450,000.

The first $120,000 raised is not eligible for the public match.

The maximum amount that can be matched is $4.22 million.

Christie also tapped matching funds in 2009.

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