PRINCETON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — Former Gov. Chris Christie will live on in New Jersey’s statehouse in one of his familiar poses. Christie unveiled his official portrait at a ceremony Monday night.READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Philadelphia Police Looking For Answers In Markeya Green's Murder That 'Absolutely Shocks The Conscience'
The portrait shows the two-term Republican standing behind a podium he used for news conferences.
The Record reports the portrait cost $85,000, making it the most expensive in state history and more costly than his three predecessors’ combined. Australian artist Paul Newton painted the portrait.READ MORE: Edwin Allen Charged With Sexually Assaulting Woman In Upper Darby SEPTA Train Terminal
At Monday’s unveiling, Christie said he chose the pose because being behind the podium was when he felt “most in command.”
The event was attended by numerous political heavyweights including former Govs. Jim Florio, Donald DiFrancesco and Jim McGreevey.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy had a previous commitment and didn’t attend.MORE NEWS: North Philadelphia Rat Infestation 'Subsiding And Leaving Slowly' After City Officials Lay Down Poison In Empty Lot
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