[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/16/art.christie.0816.news12nj.jpg caption ="New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday fired the state’s education commissioner for a mistake that cost the state $400 million in federal education funding."](CNN) - New Jersey's education commissioner, who was responsible for making a relatively simple mistake that cost the state $400 million in federal funding for public schools, has been fired, according to a statement made Friday by Gov. Chris Christie.
On its application for a federal grant from the "Race to the Top" fund, the Garden State lost more than four points for providing budgetary data for 2010 and 2011 rather than 2008 and 2009. Had the correct information been filed, the state would have scored higher on its review than Ohio–the tenth of 10 states to receive federal funding–and thus, it would have received a share of the $3.6 billion up for grabs.
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education released a video of an August 11 meeting between federal officials and New Jersey education commissioner Bret Schundler. The tape is at odds with an earlier claim made by Christie that the state had provided federal officials with the correct budget information.
"I was extremely disappointed to learn that the videotape of the Race to the Top presentation was not consistent with the information provided to me by the New Jersey Department of Education and which I then conveyed to the people of New Jersey," Christie said Friday in a statement. "As a result, I ordered an end to Bret Schundler's service as New Jersey's Education Commissioner and as a member of my administration."
Schundler was previously the mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey and twice failed to secure the GOP nomination for governor in the state.