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Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty, a member of the Assembly Education Committee, today called on Governor Christie to take responsibility for the costly blunders made by his administration, which led to the firing of state Education Commissioner Bret Schundler today.

“While the dismissal of Bret Schundler removes one cog in a dysfunctional chain of command, it also demonstrates that the Governor is clearly in denial.

“First he blames the Obama administration and the NJEA. Then the videotape proves him wrong and he shifts the blame to Bret Schundler. What he fails to understand is that this is his $400 million mistake.

“The application that the Assembly Education Committee helped hammer out between the administration and the NJEA would have successfully secured us funding. It was the Governor’s own last-minute changes that ultimately cost us the competition.

“The people of New Jersey deserve a Governor that is ready and willing to be held accountable for his actions, especially when that Governor insists on ruling with an iron-clad fist. If the administration learns nothing else from this debacle, hopefully it is that you can’t operate in a vacuum. Democracy, as well as our children’s future, is best served through a collaboration of ideas,” said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester).