The Fleeting Chris Christie Moment

Per Mike Allen, the great Peter Boyer has a new story this week:

NEWSWEEK cover, “HAS CHRIS CHRISTIE BLOWN IT? … Has Chris Christie passed his sell-by date? He showed the GOP how to win in 2012. Now he’s bogged down in Jersey.”

That’s not even the half of it. Last night, the New York Times dropped an explosive story about New Jersey’s halfway houses. They have, to put it mildly, been a huge failure:

Since 2005, roughly 5,100 inmates have escaped from the state’s privately run halfway houses, including at least 1,300 in the 29 months since Governor Christie took office, according to an analysis by The Times.

According to the Times, “At least 85 inmates are currently at large, according to state records.”

The story contains at least one moment of levity:

…the Corrections Department emphasized that inmates who fled halfway houses should be referred to as “walkaways” to distinguish them from inmates who escape prisons.

The term “walkaway,” though, does not exist in state law.

The story is long, deeply reported and air-tight. It should be read in its entirety. If the story gets widely cited, Christie’s value as a Romney surrogate will be significantly diminished.