Washington (CNN) - As new developments in the Chris Christie-George Washington Bridge controversy started making headlines on Wednesday, Democratic reaction came at a rapid fire pace.
The Democratic National Committee fired off multiple e-mails to political reporters, attacking New Jersey's Republican governor, who's considered a likely contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
The party committee also quickly assembled and sent out two web videos.
"These revelations are troubling for any public official, but they also indicate what we've come to expect from Governor Christie – when people oppose him, he exacts retribution. When people question him, he belittles and snidely jokes. And when anyone dares to look into his Administration, he bullies and attacks," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, in a statement.
It was a similar message from Democrats in the Garden State.
"These e-mails demonstrate that under Governor Christie, vindictive political motivations were allowed to trump any regard for public safety," said New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie.
Even Steve Sweeney, the Democratic state Senate president who's worked closely with Christie over the years on some issues, said "what was revealed today is a clear indication that the investigation into this matter must continue," calling the controversy "the worst kind of politics."
E-mails emerged on Wednesday allegedly from Christie aides that bolster the argument by Democrats that access lane closures from Fort Lee, New Jersey to the George Washington Bridge last September were part of a political push back against opponents of the governor, and were not the result of an incompetent traffic study as his administration claimed.
There was no response from Christie's office for some seven hours after the story broke on Wednesday morning, but the Governor later in the day put out a statement saying "what I've seen today is unacceptable," adding that he was "misled by a member of his staff."
Christie insisted multiple times over the past couple of months that he knew nothing about any political vendetta against the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee, who refused to endorse Christie as he ran for re-election last year.
Christie ended up winning a landslide re-election in November over little known Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono. Christie's re-election team actively sought out the endorsements of Democratic officials, in its push to win a major victory, as a prelude or launching pad to any 2016 White House bid.
National Democrats rarely attacked Christie during his re-election campaign, but following the election, the gloves have come off.
Christie, who's now criss-crossing the country, campaigning for fellow GOP governors as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is seen as prime target, especially since three national polls, starting with a CNN/ORC International survey in November, indicated that Christie was the early frontrunner among the possible 2016 Republican contenders. And national and state Democrats have been relentless the past two months in highlighting the George Washington Bridge controversy.
"These days it's never too early to beat up a potential opponent," says Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publish of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report. "Republicans have taken numerous shots at Hillary Clinton to soften her up for a potential 2016 run. Now it's the Democrats turn to throw some punches at Chris Christie.