New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday condemned the new National Rifle Association Web ad that invokes President Obama's children, the latest move by the prominent Republican to sharply criticize a group closely aligned with his own party.

"To talk about the president's children or any public officer's children who have -- not by their own choice, but by requirement -- to have protection and to use that somehow to try to make a political point I think is reprehensible," Christie, a potential 2016 White House contender, said at a Thursday news conference. "My children had no choice that I wanted to run for governor. I pretended that they did. I asked them what they thought. But in the end, they had absolutely no choice in whether I ran for governor or not. And they knew that, by the way, when I was asking them, which is why they didn't spend a whole lot of time answering."