Christie: It's 'Ridiculous' to Limit Campaign Donations

You can't take money out of politics, says governor
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2014 12:40 PM CDT
Christie: It's 'Ridiculous' to Limit Campaign Donations
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks during a town hall meeting at Winston Churchill Elementary School, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Fairfield, N.J.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Money and politics are inseparable, so unlimited donations might as well be allowed—given that donors are transparent, said Chris Christie at a town-hall meeting yesterday. Asked about the Supreme Court's recent decision on campaign cash, the governor called it "ridiculous" to set limits. "I think it should be unlimited contributions and 48-hour notification of every contribution you accept—so that if someone wants to write a $100,000 check for my campaign, great," he added, per CNN.

"But 48 hours later, everybody who has access to the Internet is going to know that Mr. Smith gave me $100,000," he said. "And if, all of a sudden, I start talking in a way that's really favorable to Mr. Smith's business, well then, you're going to know that my price was $100,000." After all, "You are never going to keep money out of politics … so let's add transparency to it," he said, via the Star-Ledger. (More Chris Christie stories.)

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