Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday that he is going to demolish three government buildings in Trenton: the state Health Department building, the Agriculture Department building and the Division of Taxation building. The departments will move to a new, smaller state office complex to be built on the site.
“It just makes sense to make the footprint that we have here, the non-taxpaying footprint that we have here in Trenton, less. We’re down 9,000 employees since I took office in 2010, with no layoffs, all through attrition,” Christie said. He added, “Nine thousand fewer employees necessitates less office space, and maybe if we take some office space away whoever comes after me won’t try to fill those empty offices.”
The governor made the announcement at an event to mark the redevelopment of the long-vacant old Roebling Steelworks in Trenton. The project is called Roebling Lofts and it was described today as a game-changer for Trenton.
Noting that “the last number of years have been difficult for Trenton,” Christie said he will have more announcements about the city in the weeks ahead.
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