Judge dismisses suit to block $300M N.J. statehouse renovation

 Republican Gov. Chris Christie's $300 million statehouse renovation plan will continue, following a ruling Wednesday by a New Jersey judge. (AP file photo)

Republican Gov. Chris Christie's $300 million statehouse renovation plan will continue, following a ruling Wednesday by a New Jersey judge. (AP file photo)

A New Jersey judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by lawmakers trying to stop Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s $300 million statehouse renovation plan.

State Judge Mary Jacobson said from the bench on Wednesday that the state Supreme Court ruled in a similar case that the question was moot because the money was already borrowed.

Former Democratic candidates for governor state Sen. Ray Lesniak and Assemblyman John Wisniewski argued in court that Christie improperly went around the Legislature to approve the sale of $300 million worth of bonds to fund the four-year project for the dilapidated executive statehouse.

Christie, who said the project is badly needed, defended how it was authorized, saying it was legal and proper.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Republican nominee for governor, has promised she would scrap the project if elected.

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