Is Gov. Chris Christie politically wounded by the Bridgegate scandal? And will it hurt his chances for getting the business of the state done?

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Gov. Chris Christie answers questions during the Feb. 26 edition of Townsquare Media's Ask The Governor.

Last night on Townsquare Media's Ask The Governor show, he said "if what folks decide they want to do on the Democratic side is start running for governor now for 2017, then it will be harder to get things done. If the legislature wants to be partisan and political, and block the agenda that the voters voted for in November, then they're going to have to put up with the political consequences that come along with that."

During the program, the governor admitted Bridgegate is a distraction, "but it doesn't prevent us from doing our job -- I mean sure, because if you spend any amount of time on it during any day, that's time that you otherwise would be spending on something else."

While recent polls show his approval numbers are down, Christie stressed he still has better numbers than most governors in the region and across the country, and said most members in the state legislature would like to have poll numbers like he has.

Christie also said the Bridgegate probe "is an important thing to look into and get into the bottom of and we'll spend the time that we need to spend on it, on appropriate investigations, and then when we have all the information we need we'll put it out to the public."

"I am not going to give in to the hysteria of questions that are given by folks who have information today that I didn't have when this unfolded," Christie said.

During the show, the governor also pointed out he hasn't had one Bridgegate-related question during the last couple of town hall meetings he's held.

"I will not allow this to get in the way of my real job -- which is being governor," he said.

View a video highlight recap of 'Ask the Governor' below:

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