New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced a $300 million renovation of the state capital building Tuesday that his administration plans to fund by issuing bonds.
Christie said during a press conference in Trenton that the 1792-built State House's executive branch portion will be vacated after the fiscal 2018 budget is completed next July. The Republican governor, whose term ends at the end of 2017, said the facelift will take about four years to complete and State House staffers will be relocated to other space in Trenton during the construction period. The renovations, which will include upgrades to the HVAC system, fire codes and wheelchair accessibility, will not impact the state Senate and Assembly chambers.