Did Chris Christie Blow His Chance at a Vice Presidential Bid?

Plus: The Phils walk off victorious, PA has a budget deal in place, Giroux graces the cover of NHL 13, and more of what the city is talking about today.

Christie’s VP Chances Dead? That’s was Lawrence O’Donnell said on The Last Word on Wednesday, citing a New York Times story on the state of halfway houses in Jersey that were privatized by Christie’s administration. [MSNBC]

Phils Earn Walk-Off Win! Down by a run and down to their last out, Ty Wigginton tried to steal second base as Hunter Pence doubled off the top of the left field wall. Wigginton scored to tie the game at six. The Rockies walked Ruiz and Victorino reached on an infield hit to load the bases for Placido Polanco. He grounded out, but Colorado first baseman Todd Helton didn’t have his foot on the bag. Pence scored and the Phils walked off with a win. It was ugly, but we’ll take what we can get. [Phillies]

PA Has a Budget Deal? Governor Corbett announced on Wednesday that he and the Republican legislative leaders have come to terms on the outlines of a $27.65 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning on July 1st. The news means that Pennsylvania will likely pass a budget on time for the second consecutive year. [Inquirer]

Giroux Earns Cover Spot. Claude Giroux will grace the cover of NHL 13—the upcoming hockey video game from EA Sports. The news was revealed last night at the annual NHL Awards.

Reports of Another Playground Arson. Approximately nine hours before the playground in FDR Park was set on fire over the weekend, a playground in North Philly went up in smoke. The apparent arson reportedly caused $5,000 worth of damage. Authorities have not officially linked the two incidents, but it’s not very often that there are two playgrounds on fire. [Inquirer]

Closing Arguments in Sandusky Trial. Closing arguments in the trial of Jerry Sandusky are set to begin Thursday morning. The jury should begin deliberation before the end of the week. [Inquirer]