(CNN) - Chris Christie says that limiting campaign donations is "ridiculous," and is calling for a 48-hour reporting period for disclosing contributions.
New Jersey's Republican governor said at a town hall in Somerset Tuesday that rules limiting the amount someone can give to a campaign doesn't "stop money from getting into politics anyway."
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Christie noted the lack of transparency in donations to outside groups, which can accept unlimited sums of money, and have played an increasingly overarching role in politics since the floodgates were opened following a 2010 Supreme Court ruling.
"I think it should be unlimited contributions and 48-hour notification of every contribution you accept so that so if someone wants to write be a $100,000 check for my campaign, great, take it, but 48-hours later, everybody who has access to the internet is going to that Mr. Smith gave me $100,000," he said.
"And if all of sudden, I start talking in a way after that's really favorable to Mr. Smith's business, well then you're going to know that my price was $100,000."
Christie's comments came at a town-hall meeting in response to a student's question concerning a recent Supreme Court decision. That 5-4 ruling by the high court eliminated limits on how much money people can donate in total in one election season - as much money as desired to federal election candidates across the country, as long as no candidate receives more than the $5,200 cap.
Critics say the ruling further undermines already weakened campaign finance laws.
As Christie noted to the audience, his views on campaign finance haven't wavered over the years but, his national attention as a potential 2016 GOP candidate for the White House and position as head of the Republican Governor's Association, give new context to the governor's long-held belief against limiting contributions.
Christie recently made a trip to Las Vegas to court high-profile Republican donors, like Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnet who dumped tens of millions of dollars into GOP presidential campaigns in 2012.
Christie's comments also come five months after he took over as chairman of the RGA, the group charged with fundraising for and electing GOP candidates in gubernatorial contests. Since taking over the committee, Christie has helped the group raise a whopping $33 million - success made all the more notable given the ongoing George Washington Bridge controversy, which has tainted his administration and sparked a major drop in his approval ratings in both national and New Jersey polls.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story