In the realm of politics, it pays to be a sports fan.
Just weeks after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attended an NBA Finals game between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, the owner of the Ohio-based team cut a check for a sizable amount to Christie's super PAC.
According to National Journal, the Republican presidential candidate attended the game in early June as part of an all-expenses paid trip courtesy of his outside support group, Leadership Matters for America. Shortly after Christie's appearance, his super PAC America Leads received a check for $750,000 from Cavaliers owner Daniel Gilbert.
In addition to attending the game, a former spokeswoman for Leadership Matters for America told National Journal that the two-term governor was in the area to attend private meetings and fundraisers as well.
According to the Federal Election Commission's mid-year filings released Friday, Christie's super PAC has spent about $300,000 of the $11 million it's so raised to date. That number pales in comparison to the $103 million raised by the super PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and places Christie roughly in the middle of the 16 GOP candidates in terms of fundraising by outside support groups.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was overwhelmingly re-elected in the Cavaliers' home state in 2014, has also declared he is running for the Republican presidential nomination.
Christie has struggled to make headway in Republican primary polls and is currently in tenth place among Republican candidates, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. It remains to be seen whether he will make it into the first GOP primary debate on August 6.