(CNN) – In a departure from other Republicans, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did not give an opinion Tuesday on the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, arguing there was no point in making a comment about the decision.
"The fact is that when you're an executive, your Supreme Court makes a ruling and you've got to live with it unless you can get the legislative body to change the law or change the Constitution," the potential presidential candidate said on CNBC's "Squawk Box."
"The point is: Why should I give an opinion as to whether they were right or wrong? At the end of the day, they did what they did," he continued. "That's now the law of the land, unless people in the legislative branch try to change it."
In a 5-4 decision announced Monday, the Supreme Court's conservatives essentially ruled that some for-profit corporations, like Hobby Lobby, have religious rights and cannot be required to pay to cover some types of contraceptives for their employees.
The ruling was considered a big setback to the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration. Republicans, including some potential presidential candidates, widely praised the decision, while Democrats were quick to blast it.
Christie argued it's best for political leaders not to get bogged down on social issues, including the Hobby Lobby case.
"I don't think that's the most central issue that we need to talk about this morning when you look at the challenges that face this country," he said. "If I allow people to put me in the box, then shame on me. I'm not a good politician. I'm not a good leader."
Christie, who personally opposes abortions and frequently points out that he's the first "pro-life" governor of New Jersey, said Republicans should be careful about getting caught up in social debates.
"The Republican candidate should tell people what they feel on issue that people ask you about. If you get asked a question. Answer it. That's all," he said.
In the interview Tuesday, Christie also weighed in on the 2016 presidential race, saying he's "not running for anything at the moment" and reiterated that he hasn't made a decision yet about whether he'll throw his hat in the ring.
Asked if he'll be able to overcome the George Washington Bridge scandal that roiled his administration, Christie argued that people in other states don't express concern about the controversy when he travels as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
"I think what the people across this country–and I've been in 19 states now over the past four or five months or so–and what people talk to me about is not that stuff," he said.
Christie has long maintained that he had no knowledge or involvement in the plot, in which two of his political appointees have been accused of creating a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
The act has been subject to investigations by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey, a state legislative committee, and an independent law firm hired by Christie's administration.
The governor added that there hasn't been "one new fact" that indicates he's not telling the truth.
CNN's Bill Mears contributed to this report.