Comedian Bill Maher has called New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's gay marriage veto “backward.”

On Friday's episode of HBO's Real Time, Maher discussed Christie's decision to reject the measure on Friday, one day after the New Jersey Assembly passed it and on the same day that the Maryland House of Delegates approved a similar bill which paves the way for Maryland to become the eighth state to legalize gay marriage.

When a viewer asked whether the governor's veto was “not only dick-ish but also extremely short sighted,” Maher responded that he took the governor's actions personally.

“It's my home state. So, I take these things a little personally, you know. When somebody from New Jersey does something that I consider sort of backward, and I consider this sort of backward on the part of the governor, it bothers me.”

Panel guests Erin McPike, a reporter with Real Clear Politics, said the Republican governor vetoed the measure for “his base.”

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer said the move was very typical Christie.

“He panders to the very conservative on pronouncements on all sorts of issues,” he said. “And he's just wrong on the fundamentals.” (Watch the exchange on HBO.)