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TheChat: Chris Christie threatens to go `nuclear’ in next GOP debate

Good morning.

▪ “Go nuclear now.” — Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie on what might happen in the next GOP presidential debate on Sept. 16 if moderators pass him over for too many questions in a row.

Christie, the New Jersey governor who’s languishing in the polls, said he may take a more aggressive approach in the next forum. He’s got to do something.

▪ “Now with a shrinking construction budget, the number of bad bridges is on the rise again.” — Missouri bridge engineer Dennis Heckman on the rising number of bridges in critical condition.

The number is up by 50 this year to 641 spans. MoDOT is pressing lawmakers hard for more funding.

▪ “A louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle.” — long-time Clinton family adviser and liberal writer Sidney Blumenthal on House Speaker John Boehner.

Blumenthal shows up regularly in Hillary Clinton’s latest e-mail dump.

▪ “Half my family can’t even sleep at night. We’re all just so anxiously waiting. The time can’t go by fast enough.” — Chris Mizanskey of Sedalia whose father was to be released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center Tuesday after serving more than 20 years on marijuana-related charges.

In a rare move, Gov. Jay Nixon commuted the sentence of Jeff Mizanskey, which made him eligible for parole. “I’ve got an extraordinary cruel and unusual punishment,” Jeff Mizanskey said.