TRENTON - (AP) - New Jersey is virtually assured ofreceiving $268 million in federal education jobs funds now thateducation officials have applied.

The state met Thursday's deadline to apply for the fundsCongress approved last month.

The money likely would have come to New Jersey anyway, but withfederal officials controlling how it's distributed to public schooldistricts.

State Education spokesman Alan Guenther says New Jersey willfollow its own school funding formula to distribute the money oncethe application is approved.

The funds cover a portion of the $820 million Gov. ChrisChristie cut from the state's education budget.

New Jersey recently lost out on a $400 million education grant,possibly because of an error on the application.