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Richard J Codey

Christie announces $300M renovation of 'shameful' Statehouse

Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday announced a four-year $300 million renovation of New Jersey's deteriorating 18th-century Statehouse, casting the restoration as a top legacy item as he heads into his final year in office.

Christie called six decades of degradation since the last upgrade "shameful" and said there were numerous code violations and missing fire sprinklers and heating and air-conditioning ducts.

"To leave the Statehouse in this condition is an embarrassment," Christie said. "And quite frankly it's shameful."

Parts of the New Jersey Statehouse date to 1792. It's the second-oldest continuously operated state capitol in...