Christie Announces Renovations For Statehouse


TRENTON, NJ  - MARCH 28: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a news conference on March 28, 2014 at New Jersey State House in Trenton. This press conference, his first since fielding questions about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in January, comes a day after an internal investigation requested by the governor's office declared the Republican had no involvement in the politically motivated traffic jams last year.(Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

(Trenton, NJ) -- Governor Christie blindsided some reporters with an announcement about a statehouse renovation in his first news conference since the Bridgegate trial convictions and Donald Trump's election.  The Republican governor had informed the press there would be no questions allowed during the scheduled news conference from the State House Rotunda in Trenton, leading many to speculate a big announcement was on the horizon.

He describes the state house as having unsafe conditions and says it will undergo its first renovation in 60-years. The $300-million dollar plan will take about four years to complete, and functions will be conducted at various locations around the city since the building will have to be evacuated.  The beginning stages of the work will begin immediately.

Christie's name was mentioned as having a spot in the Trump administration, but was later removed as chairman of Trump's transition team.  Christie ended his announcement Tuesday saying that he will be completing his term as governor.