Lawsuit Filed for $300 Million N.J. Statehouse Renovation

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Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have filed a lawsuit seeking to halt Governor Chris Christie's $300 million Statehouse renovation.

Democratic State Senator Ray Lesniak, and Republican State Senators Christopher Bateman and Michael Doherty filed the suit in superior court.

The lawmakers argue that Christie's renovation should have been subject to legislative approval; instead it was authorized in April by the State Capitol Joint Management Commission.

That panel then approved up to $300 million in bonds to be issued by the Economic Development Authority to pay for the project.

Christie says the renovations are necessary. The lawmakers say the plan violates constitutional separation of powers.

Christie's administration did not respond to requests for comment.

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