Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie on Sunday said that the type of judges he nominated to the New Jersey Supreme Court would not have struck down state bans on gay marriage.

Christie, the current governor of New Jersey, made his comments during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.

“If the Christie-type justices had been on that court in the majority, we would have won those cases in the Supreme Court, rather than lost them,” he said, a reference to recent rulings upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a finding that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry in all 50 states.

Christie said that he was proud of the conservative judges he appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court, knocking down criticism of his reappointment of New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, considered a liberal judge.

In 2012, Christie vetoed a bill approved by lawmakers that sought to allow gay couples to marry in the state. The following year, the state's highest court struck down the state's ban.