BUDD LAKE - Gov. Chris Christie maintained his stance today that he was misled by former education commissioner Bret Schundler.

In his first public appearance since the high-profile termination of New Jersey's school chief, Christie sent a clear message regarding the dismissal, "Don't lie to the governor."

Christie was referencing the tapes released by the U.S. Department of Education that show then commissioner Schundler failing to provide a federal education panel with information regarding New Jersey's school budgets for 2008 and 2009. Christie claims Schundler told him he gave the panel the correct information.

Christie did say that he has great admiration for Schundler, "I wish Bret all the best moving forward. I have great respect for his intellect and his passion about education, and that's why I picked him in the first place."

The governor urged lawmakers to move forward and focus on getting planned education reforms pushed through the Legislature.