Christie: Bridgegate Hasn’t Altered Political Plans

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that he has not ruled out running for president in 2016 despite his aides’ involvement in a traffic-blocking plot that has engulfed his administration.

Christie said on his monthly radio show that he’s made no decisions about his political future but nothing that has happened “would make me think any differently about my ability to pursue that job or to perform in it.”

Christie is scheduled to appear at the Republican Jewish Coalition convention in Las Vegas over the weekend, where several potential presidential candidates will audition for support from major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson.

Christie also said that undergoing stomach banding surgery last year was a “life-changing decision.” He wouldn’t say how many pounds he’s shed, but he has become noticeably thinner since secretly undergoing the surgery last February.