Friday, August 27, 2010

BREAKING: Schundler Sacked!

Gov. Christie has sacked his education commissioner Bret Schundler as reported in NJ.com. The Governor apparently took the action after Shundler refused to resign.

NJ.com writes:

Christie's chief of staff, Richard Bagger, ordered Schundler to turn in his resignation Thursday night after federal officials released a video that appeared to contradict the commissioner's account of what transpired when the New Jersey delegation met with the federal officials to review funding application and review process.
By this morning Schundler had not quit, so Christie ordered his termination.

This takes the issue of NJ narrowly losing $400 million in federal funds to a whole new level.  Gov. Christie is clearly holding people to account and in this case, a close ally who campaigned for him across the state in his upstart run for Governor.

Bret Shundler is the former mayor of Jersey City who successfully implemented many successful solutions in his two terms.  Along with Gov. Christie, he's been a strong advocate for educational reform and charter schools.

See more on the story here:
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/08/gov_chris_christie_asks_nj_sch.html


Bret Schundler - fired by Gov. Christie this morning
Related: Hoboken Patch has an excellent story up how this relates to Hoboken schools.

Bret Schundler comments on firing as education commissioner