Governor Chris Christie fired Education Commissioner Bret Schundler this morning after Schundler refused to resign in the wake of the controversy over the state losing $400 million in federal "Race To The Top" education funding and a video released by the US Education Department that contradicted Schundler's account of "clerical error" which caused New Jersey to lose the award, according to a report at NJ.com.
Christie had relied on Schundler's version of the events when speaking to reporters on Wednesday. He blamed the Obama Administrations Education Department for not giving the state an opportunity to correct the "clerical error" which presumably would have put New Jersey over the top in scoring for the award. The Education Department video portrays a department official asking for the information twice, and Schundler's team being unable to produce it.
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