New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke to Sean Hannity in a wide-ranging interview tonight about his presidential campaign and the Bridgegate scandal.

Hannity asked Christie for his answer to those who still think he was involved in the Bridgegate scandal.   

"There’s been three independent investigations," Christie stated. "An independent investigator we hired, a Democratic legislature and you know they would love to nail me, and the U.S. Attorney’s office, by the way under control of the Democrats and President Obama and I’ve been cleared all three times."

He said that people need to "listen to the facts at some point."

"It’s my job to put those facts out there," Christie added. "But secondly, too, it shows you the power of the liberal media, Sean. You know the folks at MSNBC and the the New York Times thought they had me. And they can't live with the fact that I'm innocent," said Christie.

He recalled that when the story broke, he was the "prohibitive frontrunner" for the 2016 Republican nomination and believes the scandal was intended to "take him down."

Christie announced earlier today that he's running for president in 2016 and promised a spin-free campaign.

"I believe our country needs to have strong, decisive leadership, that we have to set the tone again, not only inside our country, but around the world," Christie told Hannity. "I believe I have the skills, the abilities and the desire to make it happen."

Hannity asked Christie why he didn't run for president in 2012, despite numerous people encouraging him to do so at that time.

"I wasn't ready to be president of the United States," he replied. "The fact of the matter is that I just was not ready to be president and I knew that in my heart."

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