Why no Bret?

Fired education commissioner Bret Schundler was doing a lot of talking and writing last week about being fired by Gov. Chris Christie for messing up a state application for a $400 million federal education grant.
But he refused today to  appear before a state Assembly Committee investigating the matter. Given the fact Schundtler has been quite loquacious about the issue, his sudden silence is disappointing.

About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

11 Responses to Why no Bret?

  1. Patsy from 23rd Street says:

    loquacious ? WTF does that mean.

  2. Pravelon says:

    It’s time for Mr. Schundler to demonstrate the viability of his deportment or remain reticent. Sorry Patsy, I could resist!

  3. Kevin Nedd says:

    Typical Republican…party over principal.

  4. Ted Doty says:

    Schundler wants the questions to stop but the public deserves answers. And I think it goes deeper than today’s editorial, which raises a valid question regarding the consultants.

    We need to investigate why a governor, so opposed to one time funding for recurring operating expenses shifted gears, accepted the grant application process, which not so mysteriously failed.

    Bret Schundler deserves a martyr award for taking blame to protect Christie

  5. P says:

    Typical Nedd – When Schundler was talking (and slamming Christie), he was Neddy’s hero. Now that he’s decided to shut up, he’s a party hack (again). They have a word for this . . it’s called HYPOCRISY.

    And if you look up “Party Hack” in the online dictionary, this is what’s returned – tinyurl.com/PartyHack

  6. P says:

    Listening to this “hearing,” one can easily understand why Bret took a pass. Our legislators sound like little kids trying to sort out who struck John – http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/MEDIA/OLS_MEDIA_PLAYER.HTM?wma=!{A}http://rmserver.njleg.state.nj.us/ENCODER11!

    Listen to your tax dollars hard at work!

  7. Ted Doty says:

    So far we have one Republican who childishly blamed Obama and picayune rules for the loss of grant money and another Republican who advised the first guy to not make the statement.

    Now Pbrain, isn’t it more constructive to settle a school yard spat than ridicule those who are working to settle it?

  8. P says:

    That’s some summary of about 7 hours of “hearings.”

    In reality, it was a lot of speechifying by both sides (Assm. Greenwald, as usual, being the biggest gasbag by far).

    Right about now everyone’s running to get in front of the microphones to spin the story.

    If you want the whole story you can listen to the archived version – http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/MEDIA/OLS_MEDIA_PLAYER.HTM?wma=!{A}http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/2010/AAP0907-A-M0-1000AM.asx!

    P.S. Next time, can the Dems find a Chairperson who can sound more credible when she’s reading from the NJEA cue cards.

  9. Kevin Nedd says:


    When Schundler was talking he was an atypical Republican who chose principle over party. When he decided not to testify he reverted to the typical Republican position of party over princile

  10. Kevin Nedd says:

    …party over principal. Typing on an iPhone can be challenging at times.

  11. P says:

    Sorry, no cherry picking, ya gotta take the good with the bad.

    P.S. BB Rules!

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