Source: Christie raised $500K in New Brunswick last night

GOP insiders described a New Brunswick Hilton crammed with between 700-800 supporters of Gov. Chris Christie’s at last night’s kickoff fundraiser for the governor’s 2013 gubernatorial bid.

According to a Christie source, the governor raised about $500,000 for his re-election bid, putting his war-chest well over $2.6 million.

“It was a mob scene,” a Republican source told PolitickerNJ.com.

There were at least four rooms packed with the governor’s supporters.

The general admission crowd paid $300 per head to get in the door and into the big room. 

There was a $1,000 room, and a $3,800 room. Those who were responsible for giving $50,000 or more had a special chamber with the governor, a source said.

"I don't think what he's doing tonight, the method by which he's doing it helps to build a trustful relationship."
—Gov. Chris Christie reacting to President Barack Obama's speech on immigration reform.