Chris Christie said Sunday he would be “going home” if the election results come out as expected.
Christie was asked during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper whether he would accept defeat and said “no” as he tried to deflect criticism from himself and his administration.
Christies team has already lost two Senate races in New Jersey and his re-election bid is in doubt.
The former New Jersey governor and GOP presidential hopeful said he would work to get Republicans back to power in Washington.
“I’ve got to be able to run a good administration,” Christie said.
“I’ve lost a couple of races.
I’ve got a lot of other things to worry about.”
Christie has said he is focused on reelection, but he has struggled to hold onto his edge with his party.
He lost the 2016 presidential election to Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 20 percentage points and is now struggling to win a second term.
A Quinnipiac University poll published Sunday showed Christie leading Democrat Phil Murphy by five percentage points, 49 percent to 41 percent.
A CNN/ORC poll published Monday showed Murphy with a seven-point lead over Christie.CNN’s Chris Cuomo contributed to this report.