Thanks AOC: New Jersey hopes for Amazon HQ2, but that ship has sailed
NEWARK – Just last week, the e-commerce giant Amazon announced they’re pulling out of a planned expansion in New York City. Ergo, New Jersey government officials have made it clear that Amazon is more than welcome to build their second headquarters in their state.
Senator Cory Booker told Cheddar that New Jersey wants “HQ2.” Everyone from the governor to local leaders have been contacting Amazon. Newark was originally one of the 20 finalists in the contest to host Amazon’s “HQ2” but lost out to Long Island City and Arlington, Virginia.
New Jersey originally tried to draw in Amazon with a $7 billion incentive package, more than other cities’ offers.
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Criticism from New York government officials over the $3 billion deal, led Amazon to pull the plug. Building HQ2 in New York would have created 25,000 jobs and invested millions into the local community. While Ocasio-Cortez calls those jobs meaningless, reports are that many would be in the six-figure range.
Area service businesses, like restaurants and dry cleaners, lament losing the contract. Housing was already experiencing the beginning of a surge, now stopped.
Amazon said they did not move forward because they want a “positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.”
Translate, they do not want to spend time and energy fighting with the likes of Ocasio-Cortez. Much less Bernie Sanders or Andrew Cuomo.
Sorry Newark, New Jersey, Amazon not moving in
Amazon has now shelved the planned HQ2 and is not searching for a new location. The online retailers says it will instead grow their corporate offices and tech hubs in North America.
Despite all that, Governor Phil Murphy started pitching Newark to Amazon. Murphy says he has a continuing dialogue with the e-commerce giant. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka also called on the e-commerce giant Amazon to consider the city for HQ2.
Baraka highlights the community’s assets including its tech base, infrastructure, and highly accessible location. For now, it does not appear publicly that Amazon is interested in locating in New Jersey.
Jeff Bezos should focus on his personal legal matters before launching a “HQ2.”