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: Methacton Lacrosse Coach Garth Little Facing Charges After Video Captures Him Shoving Student-Athlete
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.
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: 'Sad Day In The Rescue World': Animal Advocates Fear Proposed Legislation Would Force Dog Owners To Give Up Pets
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