She's not exactly predicting that he will win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn't too worried should controversial New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie get the nod.

At a press conference called to mock the Republican Party's efforts to improve their operation after losing the 2012 presidential election, she was asked by a New Jersey reporter about the upcoming 2016 contest and indications that Christie has survived “Bridgegate” and is polling higher than President Obama.

“I think it’s humorous that Chris Christie is the best example of the Republican’s evolution and ability to win the presidential election in 2016,” said the Florida lawmaker.

“If that is what they are going to hang their hat on, a guy whose senior staff exacted retribution against his own constituents in retaliation for a Democratic mayor not supporting their candidate, then I think we’re going to be OK,” she added.

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