Why national Democrats rolled over for Chris Christie

“When you have someone this powerful and this popular, you shrug it off and wait for the next one,” a top Democratic donor said of Christie. “It’s not worth the financial investment to try to take him down or out.”

Second, Democrats firmly believe that no matter how strong Christie looks on Election Day 2013 in New Jersey, the Republican nominating gauntlet will eat his 2016 presidential candidacy alive before he ever gets a chance to face off against a Democrat in a general election.

“When it comes to national elections, we’ve seen how efficient and effective Republicans are at destroying each other’s reputations, so I’ll leave it to them,” said Robert Zimmerman, a national committeeman for the DNC. “Chris

Christie is a very powerful national candidate, but the question is can a mainstream Republican be elected by the Republican Party today? No.”