‘Ugliest Damn Building’ Coming Soon to New Jersey

The outside of the megamall at the Meadowlands sports complex is seen in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, April 28, 2014. The developer of the megamall at the Meadowlands sports complex signed a union agreement Monday to jumpstart work on the long-delayed project, then addressed the question on the minds of anyone who has driven past the pastel-hued monstrosity: Will something be done about the exterior. Gov. Chris Christie said made the complex "the ugliest damn building in New Jersey and maybe America"? (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
The outside of the megamall at the Meadowlands sports complex is seen in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, April 28, 2014.
Mel Evans/Associated Press

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has some strong opinions about a new mega mall coming to his state in 2016. When developers announced that a new union deal would jumpstart the long-delayed project, the Associated Press reminded us all that Christie once referred to the shopping center as “the ugliest damn building in New Jersey and maybe America.”

The $2 billion project featuring a waterpark, Hollywood-themed amusement park, retail and dining is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016 and is projected to create 9,000 to 10,000 construction jobs, according to Rick Sabato, head of the Bergen County Building and Construction Trades Council.

"I'm glad we have been able to work through what has been a really long, arduous and at time maddening process to get to this day," Christie said. "But it's all about the result, and the result is going to be good for the working men and women of New Jersey."

Christie will likely breathe a sigh of relief knowing that part of the new deal includes a revamp of the building’s exterior.

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