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The Capitol dome is seen at the New Jersey Statehouse.

November 29, 2016

Christie's big announcement: $300M in N.J. Statehouse renovations to begin immediately

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood in the rotunda of New Jersey's Statehouse on Tuesday and announced plans for the building to receive a major facelift, NJ.com reports.

The 224-year-old building will undergo a $300 million renovation that will begin immediately. The project is expected to take up to four years to complete. 

Christie reportedly called the building unsafe, citing its lack of sprinklers and a fire suppression system, and said that he's ashamed that it is in such dire condition. 

The New Jersey Statehouse is the second-oldest continuously operated Statehouse in the country. NJ.com notes that the construction project will not affect the Assembly and Senate chambers, which were renovated in the early 1990s. Parts of the building date back to the 18th century.

The announcement, while sincere, came off as a shock to some who had expected Christie to share something more substantive, like news of a potential White House position.

Read more at NJ.com.