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Updated: January 29, 2014, 4:01 PM

A former rival of Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) said Wednesday that he has a theory to explain why the Staten Island congressman has a history of outbursts like the one that drew headlines following Tuesday's State Of The Union: steroids.

Mark Murphy, a Democrat who lost a House race against Grimm in 2012, spoke to TPM and said that while he has no direct evidence he believes that steroid use is responsible for multiple incidents where Grimm and a man he described as the congressman's "bodyguard" have lost their cool.

"These guys are wrapped so tight from the steroids that they're on, it's insane," Murphy said.

Murphy, the real estate developer son of former Rep. John Murphy (D-NY), later went on to add: "I have no knowledge whether or not they're on steroids, but they just seem wound so tight it would seem that they are on something."

Grimm's office declined to comment.

"Thank you for your solicitation for additional comment from Congressman Grimm. I am in receipt of your request," spokesman Nick Iacono wrote in an email to TPM. "The Congressman will not be giving any additional comments on this matter at this time."

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Late Tuesday night, after President Obama delivered the State of the Union address, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) delivered a message of his own.

"Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this fucking balcony," Grimm told NY1 reporter Michael Scotto following an on-air interview in the Capitol Rotunda. "No, no, you're not man enough, you're not man enough. I'll break you in half. Like a boy."

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The "last message" of a former Senate staffer who is believed to have committed suicide last week while facing child pornography charges was published online Monday.

Politico reported that Ryan Loskarn's mother, Gay Loksarn, created the site to post a letter from him that blamed his interest in child pornography on past sexual abuse.

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The bridge scandal that has been rocking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration is now linked in at least one more small way to a billion-dollar redevelopment project in the state.

On Friday, news broke that one of the officials embroiled in the scandal had hired the high-powered New Jersey lawfirm of Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster to represent him as both state and federal authorities investigate the matter.

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The company tied to the latest explosive allegations against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) office said this week that the donations it made to politicians and committees over the years were proper.

Rockefeller Group arrived in the spotlight this week after the mayor of Hoboken, N.J. alleged Christie's administration had threatened to withhold hurricane relief money unless she approved a real estate project involving the company.

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When we last heard about the federal investigation of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the FBI was reportedly looking into whether someone had set out to smear the Democrat during his 2012 re-election campaign.

But according to a report Thursday from NBC's New York City affiliate, a federal criminal investigation is still very much focused on Menendez himself, and has widened to include the senator's efforts "on behalf of two fugitive bankers from Ecuador."

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In December 2009, Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, traveled to New York City for an event at the Four Seasons Hotel on East 57th Street. Bob had already been elected to be the next governor of Virginia, but he was still a few weeks away from taking the oath of office.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and a key executive for a firm linked to the latest allegations against his administration have more than a decade of deep ties to the same charity.

Both Christie and Rockefeller Group Executive Vice President Leslie "Les" Smith have served on the board of Daytop New Jersey, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment and education program with facilities throughout the state. They have also attended and chaired Daytop events together.

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The long-running investigation into former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, finally resulted Tuesday in federal charges filed against both of them.

In a detailed indictment, the government laid out the beginnings of its case against the couple, painting a picture of a powerful but cash-strapped couple who turned to a donor and businessman for financial help and luxury goodies. The whole sad thing, if you take the government at its word, started because Maureen McDonnell wanted a nice dress to wear to her husband's inauguration. (You can read that and other indictment highlights here.)

The indictment also produced a list of the items related to the case the McDonnells will be forced to turn over should they be convicted.

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