Mitt Romney said in an interview airing Sunday that he doesn't blame New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) or Hurricane Sandy for his loss in the 2012 presidential race.

In his first public interview since the election, on "Fox News Sunday," Romney instead blamed his own "47 percent" comments and his failure to connect with minority voters.

"I don't think that's why the president won the election," Romney said of Sandy, though he also noted that it forced his campaign to cease operations for a few days.