'I'm readier' to be president, says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

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The focus on his staff's handling of the ‘Bridgegate affair and the media's obsession with his sharp-elbow tactics hasn't dulled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's interest in the White House, which he now says he's “readier” for.

“I think I'm a fairly good politician,” Christie told Yahoo's Matt Bai in an interview.

Asked about running for the White House, which he refused to do in 2012 because he wasn’t ready, Christie said, “I’m readier, if that’s a word.” Christie added, “I think it is most likely that the next Republican nominee for president will be a governor.”

The bridge affair has clearly derailed Christie’s potential bid and agenda, but it didn’t sound like it was something he thought he couldn’t survive.

“I will learn things from this,” Christie said during the Friday interview just posted. “I know I will. I don’t know exactly what it is yet that I’ll learn from it. But when I get the whole story and really try to understand what’s going on here, I know I’m going to learn things.”

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