Governor Chris Christie gave his first interview since Bridgegate Thursday night on ABC News with Diane Sawyer.
Christie insisted that he “did nothing to create the environment” that resulted in shutting down the George Washington Bridge.
“I spent a lot of time in the last 11 weeks thinking about what did I do, if anything, to contribute to this,” Christie said.
Christie was interviewed by Sawyer at his home in Mendham, N.J. today. Earlier on Thursday, a report based on an internal probe of the scandal was released. The report cleared the governor of any wrongdoing or knowledge of the bridge’s closing.
“Anyone who knows me knows I wouldn’t want them to do something so inextricably stupid,” said Christie.
Sawyer asked if the scandal “torpedoes” his potential 2016 run for president. Christie responded that he will make a decision about 2016 sometime next year, and “what’s happened in the last ten weeks will make me a better leader.”