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Christie Announces Trenton Revitalization Plan

Christie unveils his plan on Fountain Avenue in Trenton

Governor Christie says an Urban Blight Reduction Program will provide $11.5 million dollars for New Jersey's capital city to demolish about 500 vacant homes.

Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson says the abandoned and blighted homes stand in the way of bringing in developers to enhance the city.

"This is a game changer for us. It really gives us a unique opportunity to go into various neighborhoods. Instead of taking down one house here, one house there, we can focus on whole blocks at this point to revitalize city streets one block at a time."

Christie says the plan also calls for the addition of 150 surveillance cameras in high crime areas and increasing the efficiency of the city’s central monitoring system.

“So that the city police here in Trenton can have a greater handle on the intelligence that’s going on across the city, and criminals will know that when they decide to engage in criminal activity they might as well just look up at the camera, and next thing is they’ll be caught.”

The governor says revitalization efforts have helped change the culture in Camden and Newark and he hopes they'll do the same for Trenton.