That is most definitely NOT what the report found. I'll let Politifact NJ explain:
That works out to about 13%; but think about this a minute. According to the audit, a "fraudulent" application could be within $100 of the monthly eligible income. So if a family made as much as $10 more each month than the qualifying amount, their application, according to this audit, would be considered "fraudulent." This is a big problem?Each year, according to state and federal officials, schools are required by the federal government to audit three percent of the total number of the school lunch applications they receive. They are instructed to focus on the ones that are within $100 of the household income that qualifies children for a free or reduced-cost lunch. The logic, state and federal officials say, is that since there are 428,000 kids in the program across New Jersey, you can't check them all. So concentrate on the ones that seem close to the income limit.In 2010 the state auditor looked at the three percent analyzed by each school and found that 37 percent did not actually qualify for the program, which translated to 2,723 erroneous applications.There was never an attempt to analyze the entire 428,000 so there is no way to know what the real number of improper applications actually is."I stand by the accuracy of my statement," Doherty told us.
But the state auditor, Stephen Eells did consider what the overall number of erroneous applications might be.In his report, Eells projected that 58,000 of the 428,000 students may be ineligible, if the results of the analysis conducted by his office are reflective of all approved applications.
Further, as the audit itself says, most of the ineligibility comes from applicants failing to submit supporting documentation (I'm just so shocked that poor people aren't amenable to turning in paperwork that proves they're poor!).
This isn't about "fraud" - it's really about the ongoing war Christie has on the poor. He's hoping he can cast enough doubt on the school funding formula that so he can withdraw hundreds of million of dollars from the former Abbott districts and give it away to the wealthy folks who fund his campaign. And he will even sell out his cronies to do it:
As I reported at Blue Jersey, the Elizabeth BOE is chock full o' cronies - all Christie's.
There's the president, Marie Munn, front and center with you-know-who. On Christie's left is Rafael Fajardo, Munn's predecessor and member of Christie's Educational Effectiveness Task Force.
Well, this is what happens when you side with a guy like Chris Christie: he'll use you as a political prop whenever it's convenent. It's how he rolls. In any case, Munn's awful behavior is hardly proof of wide-spread, systemic corruption in the free lunch statistics.