New Jersey Governor Chris Christie won't say whether he supports a New Jersey bill which seeks to ban therapies that attempt to alter a minor's sexual orientation from gay to straight.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Christie reiterated his opposition to gay marriage when asked whether Ohio Senator Rob Portman's recent endorsement had swayed him.

“[As] far as how it affects my view, no,” Christie answered. “Because that question implies that somehow this is a political judgment and for me it's not.”

On banning gay conversion therapy in the state, Christie refused to answer.

“I'm of two minds just on this stuff in general,” he said. “Number one, I think there should be lots of deference given to parents on raising their children. I don't, this is a general philosophy, not to this bill, generally philosophically, on bills that restrict parents' ability to make decisions on how to care for their children, I'm generally a skeptic of those bills. Now there can always be exceptions to those rules and this bill may be one of them.”

(Related: Out teen testifies in favor of ban on “ex-gay” therapy; says he's “not broken.”)

Barbara Buono, the governor's Democratic gubernatorial opponent, called his comments on the issue “ignorant.”

The Star-Ledger quoted Buono as saying: “The governor said he doesn't know much about gay conversion therapy. I don't know how much more you need to know. I couldn't believe the stunning level of ignorance that that statement showed.”

UPDATE: Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts issued a statement declaring that “Gov. Christie does not believe in conversion therapy.”