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Chris Christie Says He Never Considered Quitting Over Bridgegate Scandal

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BELMAR, NJ - MARCH 25: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a Town Hall Meeting with families affected by Superstorm Sandy at Belmar Borough Municipal Building on March 25, 2014 in Belmar, New Jersey. Christie talked about some of the programs the state is running for homeowners, as well as efforts to build and restore dunes along the coast this spring,The governor was not asked about the George Washington Bridge lane-closure (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images) | Kena Betancur via Getty Images

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he never considered resigning because aides shut down traffic leading to the George Washington Bridge.

Christie tells ABC News, "I'm not a quitter."

He says he won't decide for another year whether to run for president in 2016, but says the scandal overshadowing his administration won't influence his decision and will make him a better leader.

Christie's appearance Thursday comes the day a lawyer he hired released a taxpayer-funded report clearing him of involvement in the political payback plot.

A federal criminal investigation and state legislative probe are continuing.

It's the first major scandal to hit the Republican governor.

Christie hasn't held a press conference since early January, when he had to rescind a claim that no staffers were involved in the lane closings.

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