JUST IN: Christie announces $300,000,000 complete renovations of the Statehouse; Says he’s completing his term [VIDEO REPLAY]

christie-press-announcement-tlsUPDATED: Christie announced moments ago the Statehouse will undergo a complete renovation.

The Governor said the building is falling apart, and became dangerous.

The work will begin “immediately”, the Governor said, and will cost about $300,000,000.

Construction is expected to begin in July, and last about four years. During the construction, the Statehouse will be completely evacuated.

“This is the type of thing only a second-term governor can do,” Christie said, so it isn’t perceived badly in the public eye as if he’s trying to make his office nicer. “This will be enjoyed by the next governor. I may come back as a tourist.”

Christie reiterated, “I am completing my term.” His term expires January 18, 2018.

The following is a statement from the Governor’s office:

Governor Chris Christie today announced the first comprehensive restoration of the New Jersey Executive State House in 60 years that will ensure the historic building will be safe for visitors and employees, as well as preserved well into the future.

The New Jersey State House is the second oldest in continuous operation in the United States. It was developed over 18 distinct building campaigns from 1792 to 1958, with only Band-Aid emergency repair projects in the last 60 years. Over calendar year 2016 alone, the state will spend close to $3 million to address emergency conditions with no long-term value gained.

“Attention needs to be paid to our State House immediately before the aging building and infrastructure deteriorate any further,” said Governor Christie. “I enter this building with a sense of pride each and every day and cannot leave office without addressing the serious issues that face the center of New Jersey government. This critical project will protect and preserve the State House for future New Jerseyans.”

Governor Christie’s plan addresses critical life safety issues including installation of fire suppression sprinklers, smoke separation of building spaces to safeguard occupants, removal of combustible materials, elimination of non-code compliant means of egress, and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements.

There has been extreme deterioration of both the outside and inside building fabric. The historic chimneys need to be dismantled until permanent repairs are made; window sashes at risk of falling off their frames must be removed from the building; and cornices have to be dismantled and other exterior elements removed to protect occupants and passersby.

All existing systems need to be replaced with 21st century infrastructure. The possibility of building systems failing and disrupting state government operations is significant. The most egregious example is the existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning configuration. Thirty-five percent of the building does not have proper heating, cooling and ventilation due to a set up created haphazardly over the last 50 years that addressed localized user needs without a coherent plan. Every year, the state makes costly repairs that do not add long term value. There also is a significant waste in energy costs.

The projected cost of this complete renovation is $300 million. Working in cooperation with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the funds will be used to pay for the exterior and interior renovation and restoration, complete new building infrastructure, curing code and ADA violations, and temporary relocation costs.

“The deteriorating conditions of the building necessitate that this project begin now to ensure the safety of workers and visitors and avoid additional costs,” said Governor Christie. “Every year the project is delayed adds another $10 million to the cost of the overall project. We cannot afford to wait to save the State House, its visitors and employees from worsening conditions and address the critical life safety upgrades needed.”

It is expected this restoration project will take four years to complete. Employees will be relocated during construction.

[TLS]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WxPrxAB4_c

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16 COMMENTS

  1. I am glad that Christie solved all the problems in NJ so he can spend $300 MILLION to renovate the state house. And, in the end, I wouldn’t be surprised that it will cost us $900 million.

  2. Children around the state are attending dangerous and crumbling schools but the State House is the priority. Plus our bond rating is so low it will cost a fortune to borrow $300,000,000 and add more debt. Anyone think it will really cost $300,000,000, just check the overruns on the Statehouse parking garage.

    Kid’s should be our first priority. They are our future.

  3. Christie is trying to leave office with some accomplishment. He has done absolutely nothing. And can’t find a new job. He really is over the hill.

  4. Just have to love our governor, ,,NOT. How about putting the money BACK into the police pension system ! The state of Nj, ie the armpit of the East, took it out.

  5. What a pig!!!

    $300 million ????

    BTW: Any lakewood builder would have gotten it done for a third of the price and a third of the time.

    Why spend so much for an old building, just knock it down and build a new one for 50 million!!!!

    This governor is a bully and a crook. We are so glad Trump didn’t take him into his cabinet

  6. It’s not a typo. At about 8:40 into the clip he says the 4 insane words. 3. Hundred. Million. Dollars. I have no idea how big the statehouse is but even if it’s 300,000 sq ft that would be $1000/ft. Which is beyond insane.

  7. Just like the gas tax was needed because the roads and bridges were falling down, the Statehouse is falling down. Tell us another one Chicken Little.
    Watch where the Transportation Trust Fund money goes, they are going to build two light rail systems, that has a lot to do with crumbling roads and bridges.
    Time to drain the swamp in Trenton!

  8. Because he put someone(need we say who?)deservedly in jail for two years for witness tampering ,etc.
    He’s being locked out of the Administration

    Give him a Cabinet Position

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