New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he is angry at President Barack Obama for not being involved enough with the congressional supercommittee, which failed to reach an agreement on reducing the federal deficit.

Christie, a first-term Republican who endorsed presidential candidate Mitt Romney last month after spurning his own 2012 bid, said blame extends both to Democrats in Washington and to his own party. Obama hasn’t been engaged enough in steering the talks on ways to close the budget gap, Christie said.

“What the hell are we paying him for?” Christie, 49, said today at an event in Camden. “Why the president of the United States refuses to do this is just astonishing to me.”