New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday blasted President Obama for his executive actions expanding background checks for gun purchases.
“Dictatorship is not leadership and he’s acting like a dictator and a petulant child,” Christie said on CBS’s "Face the Nation."
Christie has had to defend his own record on gun control in the GOP primary.
Early in his career, he framed himself as an opponent of the National Rifle Association and has supported a ban on assault weapons and opposed concealed carry laws.
Christie said that he’s evolved on the issue after travelling the country and meeting with gun activists as a presidential candidate and as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA).
“You learn about these things over time,” Christie said. “I’ve learned about this over time. In New Jersey I’ve grown up in a culture in our state of very, very vigorous anti-gun laws. As I’ve travelled the country as RGA chairman, as I’ve travelled the country as a governor, I’ve learned a great deal about this and my actions as governor of New Jersey have been exactly where I think they need to be.”
“When these things involve public safety, I’m for public safety,” Christie added. “But if these laws are just going to make legislators feel better, they shouldn’t be put into place an infringe Second Amendment rights.”