TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie says it shouldn't be up to the Supreme Court to decide whether states allow gay marriage.

Gov. Chris Christie
Governor’s Office, Tim Larsen

The Republican governor weighed in Thursday on the court's decision this week not to hear appeals from a handful of states, paving the way for a significant expansion across the country.

But Christie told reporters he doesn't believe gay marriage is something that should be imposed by the highest court. He said states should have the ability to decide the issue on their own.

Christie personally opposes same-sex marriage but dropped his administration's legal challenge to a lower court's decision allowing it last year.

He said he has been upholding the law since then.

Christie had avoided commenting on the court's decision at a campaign stop earlier this week.

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