A furious New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie teed off on federal bureaucrats yesterday for allowing a clerical error on the state’s application to eliminate it from reaping as much as $400 million in education funds.
The state finished 11th in the hotly contested Race to the Top competition and, under a point-based evaluation system, just three points behind 10th-place Ohio — which was among the 10 winning states awarded a share of $3.4 billion in federal funding Tuesday.
Christie hit the roof when he learned that it was an error on one page of New Jersey’s 1,000-page application — which mistakenly provided data from 2008-09 rather than 2010-11 — that docked the state five points, keeping it out of the winner’s circle.
“You’re not going to grant the award to New Jersey because of a mistake, a clerical mistake, on one piece of paper?” fumed Christie.
“This is the stuff that makes people go nuts. This is the reason why people want to throw everybody the hell out of Congress. This is why people are angry at the president of the United States. Does anybody in Washington, DC, have a lick of common sense? Pick up the phone and ask us for the number.”
Christie also questioned why New Jersey didn’t get credit for correcting the error two weeks ago.
“Are you guys just down there checking boxes like mindless drones, or are you thinking?” he asked.
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