“This is the second time now,” said one prominent national Republican, echoing a sentiment of others. “The first time was when the nominee had a head of steam.”…

“He doesn’t give a s—- what people think,” said one source close to the Republican governor, referring to the reactions both inside and outside of Washington to Christie’s “shame on you” press conference. He is focused on how people perform in their jobs, the source said, and Congress was holding aid hostage over a parliamentary battle…

“I don’t think he’s really occupying any space within the Republican Party right now, especially after railing against Republican leaders in Congress,” Robinson added. “Gov. Christie is doing a great job of being apolitical, which will help him win reelection in New Jersey, but being apolitical gets one nowhere nationally.”…

“Personally I think he went a little overboard,” said Steve Duprey, a former New Hampshire GOP chairman and onetime John McCain presidential adviser, of Christie’s rant, who also said it reminded him of the Arizona senator’s approach in his 2000 presidential campaign that collapsed on the shoals of the GOP primary system after New Hampshire and he understood him doing right by his state.

“I understand that every hour counts, but there were other sort of big, important issues like the fiscal cliff to deal with. I don’t blame Gov. Christie for being frustrated [and vocalizing it] … but I think he was overblown in his criticism of the speaker given what else was going on.”