Christie's inartful attempts to disguise his flip-flop have been no better. In 2013, he was also a big Common Core proponent, saying, "This is one of those areas where I've agreed more with the president than not." Last year he blasted other Republicans for opposing the standards, saying they "care more about their primaries than they care about anything else." Yet, lo and behold, Christie has developed "grave concerns," as he told Iowa voters last month, because the federal government is tying federal funds to the initiative. He has even asked a commission to reexamine New Jersey's implementation "in light of these new developments from the Obama administration" — developments that were announced five years earlier.