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Chris Christie On RNC Proportional Delegate Rules: 'Dumbest Idea Anybody Ever Had'

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While many Republicans have insisted that the long, drawn-out nomination process for the Republican presidential contest in 2012 is a positive development, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) isn't convinced.

In an interview on "Fox and Friends" Thursday morning, Christie blasted the Republican National Committee's rules in which most states award their delegates to candidates proportionally (as opposed to a winner-take-all system). Christie said that since Democrats have an incumbent president running, Republicans need to get a candidate as soon as possible (emphasis added):

Listen, I think Speaker Gingrich has had a tough run here. I'm not going to predict who is going to do what in this race except to say that at the end of the day, Gov. Romney will be the nominee. What all the twists and turns will be is impossible to predict as we've seen already. I think what's the most important thing is for us to be focusing as a party on getting a nominee and having that nominee begin to train his attention on the president of the United States because that's the real contest here that as republicans, we need to be concerned about.

That's why I think these RNC rules that turned to proportional awarding of delegates, this was the dumbest idea anybody ever had. We voted against it at the RNC. The reason we did is you're running against an incumbent president, so your idea: Make ours longer so we can beat each other up longer.

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