Gov. Christie says he doesn’t resent New Jersey voters who would like him to drop out of the presidential race.

Asked Friday in an interview with Fox News about polls showing a majority of Garden State voters want Christie to end his candidacy, the governor said, “I don’t blame them.”

“Listen, they’re entitled to their view,” Christie told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “You see this happen in most of the states where sitting governors decide to run for president. Folks would rather have you stay home.”

Christie, a Republican, added that when he was running for reelection in 2013, he was “very open” with voters about the possibility that he may run for president in 2016.

Nevertheless, Christie noted, he defeated Democratic opponent Barbara Buono by overwhelming margins.

Garden State voters have since soured on the governor. Sixty-one percent of voters, including 40 percent of Republicans, say he should drop out of the race, according to a Nov. 10 Quinnipiac University poll.

Just 39 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the job Christie is doing as governor, the survey found, while 55 percent disapprove.

An October Rutgers-Eagleton poll found similar results, with 67 percent of Garden State voters saying Christie should end his campaign.

“Whenever you're looking for another job, your current employer can get a little miffed at times. I understand that,” Christie said Friday. “But I’m term-limited in New Jersey; I want to be president of the United States. I’ve been open with the voters about that.”

Christie, who opened his Iowa state campaign headquarters Friday, said fund-raising was going well. “It's always a slog,” he said. “It's always difficult. But we’re doing what we need to to be able to be competitive in the race.”

His campaign had just $1.4 million in the bank as of Sept. 30, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Christie was also asked about GOP front-runner Donald Trump's remarks in Iowa Thursday. "How stupid are the people of Iowa?"  Trump said at a rally there, bewildered by Ben Carson's surge in the early-nominating state.

In the Fox News interview Friday, Christie said, “It never helps, I think, to have people that you’re asking to vote for you, to have you call them stupid.”

“I don’t think that’s groundbreaking political analysis, but it’s the truth,” he said. “And I‘ve said all along everybody who runs for president, you're responsible for the words that come out of your mouth. And I don’t think people are going to appreciate those words.”