Gov. Christie Signs Historic Preservation Bill That Will Bring Over a Million Dollars to Jersey City Projects

Gov. Chris Christie yesterday signed into law a bill that appropriates more than $1 million in historic preservation funding to four Jersey City projects.

The bill appropriates a total of $10,850,780 from Historic Preservation Funds in order to provide grants awarded by the New Jersey Historic Trust.

Two local sites will receive capital preservation grants: the historic Brennan Courthouse (seen at right) will get $750,000 and the Powerhouse will receive $250,000. And two additional sites — the West Bergen historic district and Paulus Hook Park — will each get a $50,000 site management grant.

“It’s important to recognize that rehabilitating our historic treasures serves an economic purpose in addition to attracting tourism, spurring neighborhood revitalization and encouraging economic growth in our state,” Christie said as he signed the bill yesterday. “Preserving these cultural and historical sites is critical to ensuring that future generations have the opportunity to learn more about New Jersey’s place in history.”

Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.