TRENTON - There was a clerical error made that cost the state of New Jersey $400 million in funding for education.
The mistake can be found on page 260 of New Jersey's application for the "Race to the Top" funding. The application asks for the percentage of revenues spent on education in 2009 and 2008. The Christie administration didn't provide the correct numbers, but provided the numbers for projected spending for next year.
The question was worth five points. Three points would have been enough to get New Jersey the money. Reviewers gave the question a score of 0.2. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) says it's an unforgivable mistake, like failing a test because you forgot to put your name on it or claiming that the dog ate your homework.
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) admits his administration made a mistake, but he says the federal government should take responsibility as well. Christie is also asking Democrats such as Rep. Bill Pascarell and Lautenberg to ask President Barack Obama for additional funding.
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