Chris Christie: 'I would rather die than be in the United States Senate'

Dylan Stableford

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he may run for office again once his time as governor is up — just not in the state of New Jersey.

"When I say I'm never running for public office in New Jersey again, I mean I'm never running for public office in New Jersey again," Christie said during a speech at the annual conference of the New Jersey NAACP Saturday. "The only job left for me to run for is United States Senate, and let me just say this: I would rather die than be in the United States Senate.

"I would be bored to death," the two-term Republican governor continued. "Could you imagine me, banging around that chamber with 99 other people, asking for a motion on the amendment in the subcommittee? Forget it. It would be over, everybody. You'd watch me just walk out and walk right into the Potomac River and drown. That would be it."

Christie, weighing a run for president in 2016, reiterated the point while reflecting on his job as governor.

"It's time to put touchdowns in the end zone," he said. "We've done a lot of them over the course of the last five years, and there's more for us to do. But in the end, I am never running for office in New Jersey again."

Christie's popularity among voters in the Garden State is waning.

According to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Tuesday, 42 percent of registered voters have a favorable view of the Republican governor, while 45 percent have a negative view.

The 42 percent favorability rating is lower than it has been at any point during his tenure as governor. That includes the 2013 Bridgegate scandal, when Christie's staffers conspired to create traffic jams in Fort Lee, N.J., by closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge as retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie in the 2013 gubernatorial election.

“This is the lowest favorability rating we have ever recorded for Christie," Eagleton polling director and Rutgers University professor David Redlawsk said. “What had seemed like a small rebound following Christie’s Bridgegate ratings collapse now looks more like a temporary blip.”