ha, ha, ha….I can’t get enough of this arrogant ‘former attorney, current governor with more executive experience than President Obama’ sporting the biggest rotten tomatoes on his face!!
Here is what we know:
Race to the Top, abbreviated R2T, RTTT or RTT, is a $4.35 billion United States Department of Education program designed to spur reforms in state and local district K-12 education. It is funded by the ED Recovery Act as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and was announced by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on July 24, 2009.- Wikipedia
All 50 states are eligible to compete and must all submit the applications before deadline. The judges will go over the applications and select the winners based on the ‘facts’ provided in the applications. Simple, right? For 49 states it was, but for one arrogant, bully governor, this turned out to be a revelatory moment.
What happened?? This happened
After making a high-profile bid for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education reform money, New Jersey fell three points short of receiving “Race to the Top” funding, in part because of an error by the Christie administration in the state’s application, records obtained by The Star-Ledger show.
One five-point question on the application asked for budget information comparing the 2008 and 2009 school years. However, the state submitted information comparing the current year to 2011.
That mistake cost the state 4.8 points. The state lost points in other areas as well, the records show.
In the end, New Jersey received 437.8 out of a possible 500 points, placing it 11th in the competition, just behind Ohio, which received $400 million and was the last state to receive funding. The winners of the $4.35 billion competition were announced today in Washington, D.C.
“New Jersey did not supply the 2008-2009 data as required and therefore forfeits the points,” said the report from one of the federal reviewers scoring the competition.
According to the program’s rules, there is no appeal process.
Too bad, so sad moment indeed. All you have to do is shake hands with the winners, say ‘cheese’ and move on. Such is life! In a competition the best man/woman/state wins. Better luck next time! Right?
Wrong!! The arrogant, ‘how dare you’ governor decides to show what an arrogant man President Obama is. How? Brilliant At Breakfast reports:
Gov. Chris Christie this morning acknowledged the state made a clerical error that blew its chance at winning $400 million in federal money for schools, but he blamed Obama administration bureaucrats for not giving New Jersey a chance to correct the mistake.
“This is the stuff, candidly, that drives people crazy about government and crazy about Washington,” Christie said at a news conference after an unrelated bill signing.
Christie slapped two thick three-ringed binders on the podium containing more than 1,000 pages of the state’s “Race to the Top” application and appendices, noting that just one piece of paper contained the error.
“The first part of it is the mistake of putting the wrong piece of paper in,” Christie said. “It drives people crazy and, believe me, I’m not thrilled about it. But the second part is, does anybody in Washington, D.C. have a lick of common sense? Pick up the phone and ask us for the number.”
“That’s the stuff the Obama administration should answer for. Are you guys just down there checking boxes like mindless drones, or are you thinking?” said Christie. “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.”
Yup, he has nailed it! Oh man, how will President Obama ever step foot into New jersey again? Man oh man, what a disaster!
But the coolest Prez ever didn’t even need to swat this fly! Talking Point reports that:
Then on Thursday, the federal Education Department released a video of the presentation itself, showing the officials pointing out the error to Schundler (New Jersey’s then Education Commissioner), who was unable to correct it.
Of course in typical, Christie ‘I don’t think, but why aren’t you thinking’ style, the governor fired the Ed Comm, Schundler, who is now claiming that he never lied to the governor. Meanwhile,
New Jersey’s largest teachers union said today a draft version of an application for Race to the Top funding included key budget information — numbers left off a final version that helped sink the state’s chances.
The earlier application — agreed to May 27 — included budget information for 2008 and 2009 that was left off the final application for federal education aid, according to a copy provided by the New Jersey Education Association. The May 27 version provides more insight into how the state put together the unsuccessful application.
Even his own state’s nj.com is calling him out..Own up, Governor: Race to the Top error was New Jersey’s, not Obama’s
Splatch, spaltch whatzzzzzzzzz dat I hear, more rotten tomatoes landing on governor’s face again? Please make sure it is certified:nothing but the best for the best!