(CNN) - After first declining to take a position on the decision earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he backs the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby in its case against Obamacare.
Asked about his thoughts on the case at a campaign stop in Iowa, Christie unveiled his support.
"Do I support the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case? I do," he said, according to video released by the Democratic group American Bridge.
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The governor made his comments in Marion, Iowa, while campaigning for incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican.
In a 5-4 decision announced a few weeks ago, 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, however, declined to weigh in at the time the ruling was issued. Asked about the decision earlier this month, the governor argued it's best for political leaders to largely stay out of social issues.
"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."