(NEW YORK) -- Before the latest headache for New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie broke last weekend, he suggested in an interview that he's not ruling out a run for the White House. Christie told Yahoo last Friday that he is "readier" for a possible presidential bid than he was in 2011 when the governor became one of the darlings of the Republican Party. In spite of all the clamor for him to get into the race at the time, Christie bowed out early and threw his support to eventual 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
Meanwhile, Christie described the scandal dubbed "Bridgegate" as "an awful situation." However, he told Yahoo, "I will learn things from this. 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."
Since then, Christie has learned that the mayor of Hoboken has accused his lieutenant governor of trying to strong arm her into accepting a commercial development project in exchange for millions of dollars in relief to help the city bounce back from 2012's Superstorm Sandy.
Christie has denied any impropriety with his administration calling Mayor Dawn Zimmer's accusations "false" and "illogical."
Just the same, a new Pew Research-USA Today poll finds that 58 percent of Americans who've heard of "Bridgegate" doubt Christie's assertion that he didn't know anything about his aides' involvement in the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge with 32 percent believing him.
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