SAN FRANCISCO — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday denounced comments by fellow Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas comparing homosexuality to alcoholism in which people can choose to change their behavior.
Perry said this week in San Francisco that people may feel "compelled to follow a particular lifestyle" but have the ability to decide not to do that.
Christie said he disagrees, saying it is not "an apt analogy and not one that should be made because I think it's wrong."
Christie is chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He appeared Friday with California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who also disagreed with Perry's comments.
Christie signed a state law barring so-called reparative therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight. The Texas GOP endorsed the approach last week.
Kashkari, who tweeted pictures of himself with Perry this week, said that while he respected Perry's record on attracting jobs to Texas, "I disagree with him on his comments on sexual orientation."