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."

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“Let’s remember something, in 2008 he came in with it all,” the presidential candidate continued. “Huge majority in the House, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and Republicans only had 21 governors in office across the country. Since that time we’re up to 31 Republican governors, big majority in the House, majority in the Senate. His policies have been rejected by the American people, but he doesn’t want to hear that.”

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.”