A state Senate Legislative Oversight Committee hearing that was scheduled for Thursday to look into the failed bid by the Christie administration to obtain $400 million or more in federal "Race to the Top" education aid has been canceled.
After threats be Senate Democratic leaders to subpoena state Department of Education records and emails related to the application, Gov. Chris Christie on Monday agreed to provide them by Wednesday. Not all the material had arrived by late Wednesday afternoon, leading Democrats to postpone the hearing until all the material is turned over and they have had a chance to review it.
No new hearing date was immediately set. The Assembly has held a hearing on the issue.The so-called Race to the Top debacle, the biggest political embarrassment of Christie's eight-month old administration, erupted late last month and led the governor to fire Education Commissioner Bret Schundler. Democrats are attempting to keep the issue alive.
While Democrats wait for the chance to review the Race to the Top material, Christie is in California on Wednesday to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman in Hollywood and Los Angeles. On Thursday, the governor will make two stops in Roswell, NM where he will campaign for GOP gubernatorial hopeful Susana Martinez. He will not return to the Statehouse until Friday at the earliest.
Over the next month, Christie will also campaign for Republicans in at least Iowa, Ohio and Illinois. He is using chartered planes paid for by the candidates who are seeking his endorsement.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is serving as acting governor while Christie is in the west.