(CNN) - Republican Gov. Pat McCrory called on President Barack Obama to grant states more flexibility on issues such as health care and energy during the GOP's weekly address.
The new governor, who was elected in November, said state government can improve if it has the freedom to be more efficient, like a "smartphone."
"Here's what I mean. Today's smartphones are much more efficient and cost effective than earlier models of mobile phones," he said in the address Saturday. "There is no reason why government can't be as customer friendly and cost effective as a smartphone. Ultimately, interacting with government should be as easy as checking the latest scores on the internet or even shopping online."
McCrory previously served as a longtime mayor of Charlotte. The current mayor, Democrat Anthony Foxx, was named this week as Obama's pick for transportation secretary.
North Carolina was one of two states that voted for Obama in 2008 but switched to red in the 2012 presidential election. The switch came despite North Carolina being the host state of the Democratic National Convention and aggressive attempts by the Obama re-election campaign to win the Tar Heel State.
To meet the needs of North Carolinians, McCrory said he needs a waiver to work on Medicaid reform and energy resources in his state. His state rejected earlier this year the Medicaid expansion provision of Obama's health care reform.
He listed another example, saying when he "personally asked" the president in February to expand offshore leasing off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, Obama told him "the issue needs more study," he said.
"With all due respect, Mr. President-the time for study is over. It's time to get off the sidelines and allow the states to exert the leadership that will create thousands of jobs, reduce America's dependence on Middle Eastern oil and protect the environment."
"I urge the president to join us in North Carolina where we’re working to make government a partner, not an adversary to progress," he added.
– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.