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Fri Jan 17, 2014, 10:02 PM


Flashback - Chris Christie Picked The Wrong Guy to Call A Liar

Bret Schundler, the man New Jersey's governor insulted and fired, is fighting back -- and he's got e-mails

Steve Kornacki - 2010

You can certainly understand why Chris Christie threw his education commissioner, Bret Schundler, under the bus last week. After all, it was Schundler’s department that botched the state’s “Race to the Top” application, costing New Jersey five points on its application — the difference between $400 million in federal money and nothing.

But Christie, the state’s first-year governor, didn’t just fire Schundler for incompetence: He called him a liar. Loudly and repeatedly. He felt this necessary because when the news of the botched application first broke last Wednesday, Christie publicly blamed the Obama administration, claiming that Schundler had supplied the data that was missing from the application — budget numbers for the years 2008 and 2009 — in advance of his formal hearing with the federal Department of Education. The real blame, Christie insisted, was with Obama’s army of inflexible bureaucrats.

“That’s the stuff the Obama administration should answer for,” he thundered. “Are you guys just down there checking boxes like mindless drones, or are you thinking? When the president comes back to New Jersey, he’s going to have to explain to the people of the state of New Jersey why he’s depriving them of $400 million that this application earned.”

This argument quickly unraveled when a videotape of Schundler’s hearing was released, showing that the education commissioner and his team were blindsided by the error and unable to provide the missing data. When that tape emerged, Christie changed gears, branded Schundler a liar and fired him.

“Don’t lie to the governor. That’s the message,” he declared.


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Sat Jan 18, 2014, 12:23 AM

1. Yes! I saw that segment on Rachel..

So many good people have a righteous reason to see Christie get thrown under his own fucking bus!

thank you otohara!

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