- The Washington Times - Friday, September 24, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

To anyone planning to see New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the newest Republican darling, touring America with his message of reform - ask him about Race to the Top, President Obama’s state education program, to which New Jersey submitted an erroneous application that cost the state $400 million in funding.

The truth is that a question about 2008-09 funding was answered using 2010-11 figures, which Education Commissioner and Christie supporter Bret Schundler inserted after editing out the 2008-09 figures, an egregious grade-school blunder never caught by a $500,000 consultant. Mr. Christie’s only responses - blame Washington, fire Mr. Schundler and hide the consultant. But the fact is, Mr. Christie can’t get more than 51 percent of New Jersey’s districts to participate in Race to the Top.

J. ANDREW SMITH

Bloomfield, N.J.


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