Governor Chris Christie has announced plans for 20 school construction and renovation projects across New Jersey.

Eight of the new school projects announced Wednesday represent a state investment of $675 million.

Speaking at a news conference at Memorial High School in West New York, Christie said the projects are a continuation of his reform of the School Development Authority. Towns where new schools are planned include Newark, New Brunswick, Phillipsburg and Gloucester City.

The governor said the construction process would "not be driven at all" by politics, adding that the authority "will no longer build palaces in the districts of the politically connected."

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