preetnyuU.S. Attorney Preet Bharara quickly shot down a question on whether he is running for governor during a question-and-answer session on Friday at John Jay College.

“I am not,” Bharara said.

Asked if he would considering joining the cabinet as U.S. attorney general should Hillary Clinton win the presidency, Bharara sidestepped the question, but didn’t rule it out.

“I’ll wait till that happens,” he said.

Bharara appeared the criminal justice school’s American Justice System, fielding questions on Wall Street prosecutions, terrorism cases and, of course, political corruption.

In the interview, Bharara defended speaking out on issues like public corruption, which he has been rebuked for in recent years, and compared Wall Street wrongdoing to misdeeds in Albany.

Bharara’s office has successfully prosecuted nearly a dozen political figures and last year secured the convictions of the top two leaders in the state Senate as well as the ex-Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver.

As he has before, Bharara repeated a portion of a transcript from the case of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos in which his son Adam groused that “it’s like f-ing Preet Bharara is listening to every f-ing phone call.”

“That was a moment that was interesting,” Bharara deadpanned.

More seriously, Bharara said the wiretap in the Skelos case was crucial to securing convictions.

“If we didn’t have the wiretaps with respect to the Senate majority leader, I’m not sure we would have been able to make that case,” he said.

Bharara compared the public corruption cases he’s pursued to the Wall Street malfeasance he’s seen over the years, saying it essentially boils down to the culture of an institution.

“Cultures matter. There’s more corruption in certain firms on Wall Street than others,” Bharara said. “There’s more corruption in certain state Capitols than others. What’s the difference? It’s the same job. I think a lot of that has to do with culture — a culture in which you police yourself, a culture in which people who think bad things are going on come forward and say something.”

At the same time, Bharara — who has been criticized by judges, state lawmakers and others for what they see has grandstanding — defending his willingness to be outspoken on issues like public corruption.

“I think it is ridiculous that a district attorney or a United States attorney who has learned something about what the root causes of crime might be and how the culture might be affected based on the cases were brought wouldn’t say something about it,” Bharara said. “I was invited here for a reason, presumably, and that’s to talk about those things.”

Bharara is scheduled to come to Albany on Feb. 8 to speak at the New York Conference of Mayors winter meeting.