U.S Education Department officials released a video yesterday that appeared to refute Governor Chris Christie's claim that Washington bureaucrats did not give NJ Education Department officials an opportunity to correct a "clerical error" that cost the state $400 million in federal "Race To The Top" education reform funding, according to a report in the Star Ledger.
Appearing on NJ101.5's Ask The Governor last evening, Christie told host Eric Scott that his comments to the press about the cause of the lost funding were based on reports that staffers had given him. He said he became aware of the tape that apparently contradicted his account of the process only moments before the radio show, that he would review the tape and would be "very disappointed" if someone on his team misrepresented what happened in Washington.
By this morning Christie probably knows what happened.
Even before the apparent misrepresentation, Trenton Democrats and the NJEA were relating to this issue as the break they've been waiting for to stop Christie's momentum in reforming New Jersey government.
Christie needs to give a full account of what happened, make the necessary corrections and move on.
I expect he will do so today.
Senator Bob Smith
55 minutes ago