NJ gov writes school excuse note for boy at event

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By ANGELA DELLI SANTI, Associated Press

GARFIELD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received an unusual request at a town hall meeting Wednesday.

Eleven-year-old Peter Schwartz asked the governor for a note excusing him from school.

Christie pulled out a pen, flipped over a "reserved seating" sign, scribbled a note to the boy's 6th grade teacher and then signed his name.

Christie said he asked that the Point Pleasant Beach student be excused "because you were with me."

When Christie called on the boy during the question-and-answer portion of an event in Garfield, the boy asked what he should do about being bullied by someone in authority.

The governor told Peter to enlist his parents' support and tell the bully's boss.

If that doesn't work, Christie suggested a call from the state education commissioner might.

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