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Rendell Not Quick To Criticize Corbett

HARRISBURG (CBS) - Former Governor Ed Rendell, for now at least, is taking the high road when it comes to criticism from his successor.

Governor Corbett has not been shy about blaming his predecessor for the state's fiscal condition.

"Everybody said, 'Well, it had to be shovel-ready.' I'm not quite sure how money into education is shovel-ready money," Corbett said at a news conference last week, questioning Rendell's use of federal stimulus money for education.

However, during his first conference call with state capitol reporters since leaving office, Rendell deflected questions about Corbett's criticisms.

"You're not going to get me into a dispute between myself and Governor Corbett. I have respect for him because he is doing exactly what he said to the voters during the campaign he would do," Rendell said.

Rendell spoke with reporters to tout figures showing Pennsylvania in the top ten among states with regard to the number of jobs created and the rate of job growth from February 2010 to February of this year.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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