NEWARK - Gov. Chris Christie visited the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus Tuesday to view the new Innovative Learning Center.

Construction on the lab building is almost complete and the governor was on hand while NJIT students were studying spinal cord injuries.

“Luckily there were students there who could actually explain to me what I was looking at,” Christie said.

The center cost tens of millions of dollars to build. It is part of the Christie administration’s “GO” bond act, which authorized millions for academic projects.

“After decades of politics getting in the way of this stuff, we got it done,” Christie said. “I’m proud we got it done.”

The governor’s visit was meant to highlight how much of taxpayers’ money goes to fund places like the learning center. More than $2 billion in the proposed 2017 budget is going to higher education.

Christie says that more than 200,000 science and technology jobs are expected to open in New Jersey by 2018.