Gov. Chris Christie and Rutgers University officials have broken ground on a new nursing and science building at Rutgers' Camden campus even though the university doesn't yet own the land and a construction firm has not been hired for the job.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Wednesday's event was the latest college groundbreakings Christie has attended lately to promote work being done with $1.3 billion in bonds for higher education facilities. Nearly half the money came from a bond approved by voters last year.
The tour of campuses comes amid Christie's campaign to be re-elected Nov. 5.
But Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett says the reason for the early ceremonial groundbreaking is that construction is expected to begin in January or February, times Pritchett says are not good for groundbreakings.
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