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SC GOP legislators ask NJ gov to run for president

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SEANNA ADCOX | June 15, 2011 11:52 AM EST | AP


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Some Republican lawmakers in South Carolina are calling on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to run for president.

Ten GOP House members held a news conference Wednesday to try and draft Christie for the race for the Republican nomination. He has repeatedly said he will not run.

Rep. Chris Crawford of Florence says there's obviously some dissatisfaction with the crowded Republican field. He says he understands Christie likes his current job but the country needs him.

Crawford says Christie has proved he can win in a deeply Democratic state and is willing to tackle tough problems and speak bluntly.

Crawford says the Republican legislators will work for Christie and help him win South Carolina, which holds the first-in-the-South presidential primary.