Gov. Chris Christie is definitely mulling a run for president in 2016. He confirmed that Wednesday at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation 2014 Fiscal Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Bob Schieffer of CBS was the moderator for the governor's portion of the program and asked Christie if he's still thinking about running for president, and when would he make the final decision.

"Yes, and later," Christie said.

The governor was then asked if he thought the Bridgegate scandal would hurt him down the road, should he seek higher office.

"As far as the impact on my political future I think it will have none, because I didn't do anything," Christie said. "I saw President Clinton backstage before. I'm not the first chief executive who had someone on their staff do something they didn't know something about that they disapproved of, and later had to fire them."

Christie said the residents of the Garden State judge him on his record, and should he decide to run for president, he thinks the American public would do the same.

With an $807 million state budget hole to close in the next six weeks and the same amount of time to pass a spending plan for the next fiscal year, the governor was also asked if the Bridgegate scandal could have an impact on meeting budget challenges with a Democrat-controlled legislature.

"It won't have any impact upon the budget problems because we have a constitutional requirement to fix them," Christie said.

 


2014 Fiscal Summit: Governor Chris Christie from David Sawyer on Vimeo.