Lawmakers Sue To Block Renovation Of Statehouse

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking a court to block the 300-million-dollar renovation of the historic Statehouse.  The lawsuit was filed Monday by State Senators Ray Lesniak, Christopher Bateman and Mike Doherty.  Bateman and Dougherty are Republicans, Lesniak is a Democrat.  They say the spending plan should have been approved by the state Legislature.  They accuse the administration of Republican Governor Christie of violating the state constitution by routing the plans through unelected panels rather than through the elected representatives.

A 2008 constitutional amendment demands voter approval before the "creation of a debt or liability of an autonomous public corporate entity." Construction on the renovation is set to begin this summer.