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Chris Christie: "I've used birth control, and not just the rhythm method"

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to guests gathered for a campaign event at Jersey Grille on July 24, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got personal when talking to voters in New Hampshire Tuesday about the way religion intersects with his personal life.

"I'm a Catholic, but I've used birth control, and not just the rhythm method," the 2016 Republican presidential candidate said.

He was in the midst of talking about how religion plays into politics and people's personal lives. The governor prides himself on using direct language and calls his campaign stops "Telling it like it is" town halls.

"We should all acquit ourselves in a way that we believe is consistent with the teachings that we follow, if we follow certain teachings from a religious perspective," he said. "Me for instance, I'm a Catholic, but I've used birth control, and not just the rhythm method, ok?"

"My church has a teaching against birth control. Does that make me an awful Catholic because I believed and practiced that function during part of my life? I don't think so," he said.

Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, have four children.

  • Rebecca Kaplan

    Rebecca Kaplan is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.