New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Thursday accused President Barack Obama of trying to have it “both ways” on gay marriage.

Christie has been criticized for vetoing a gay marriage bill the day after it was approved by lawmakers.

Analysts have suggested that Christie, a rising star in the Republican party, was motivated by election year politics in rejecting the bill.

During a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, the governor defended this actions.

“[T]he Democrats in my state are criticizing me, saying my feet are firmly planted on the wrong side of justice,” Christie said. “I said yesterday, 'Yeah, my feet are firmly planted right next to President Obama.' And they don't criticize him.”

Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. noted that Obama applauded passage of a gay marriage bill in New York.

“So, he applauds other people's courage, but doesn't have any of his own,” Christie responded.

Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post also challenged Christie's assertion that he is in step with Obama on the issue.

“[T]he key difference between you and the president is while you support putting the civil rights of a minority up for a public referendum, the president is certainly not in favor of that ...” Capehart said.

“Has he said that, Jonathan?” Christie interrupted. “The president is silent on this like he's silent on every issue that's difficult for him. … Let's have the President of the United States show some courage, come on this program, look into the camera, like I'm looking into the camera, and state his position. He won't because he wants to have it both ways. I'm not looking to have it both ways, I vetoed the bill. … This is the type of cowardice that we don't want.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)