NJ Politics Digest: If NYC Doesn’t Want Amazon, Newark Still Does

Sources say New Jersey officials have let Amazon know they are interested in taking over the project if the NYC plan ends up falling through.

Amazon corporate office building in Sunnyvale, California.
An Amazon corporate office building in Sunnyvale, California. Lisa Werner/Getty Images

Amazon (AMZN) is reportedly reconsidering its plans to locate its HQ2 project in New York City, and that’s fine with the folks across the Hudson River.

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ROI-NJ reports that state officials from New Jersey have been busy selling their location as an alternative if plans to settle in the Big Apple don’t work out.

On Friday, The Washington Post—which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos—reported the online retailer was considering abandoning its New York City plans amid opposition from local activists. Amazon had selected the Long Island City section of New York for part of its HQ2 project, which is expected to bring about 25,000 high-paying jobs to the area.

The ROI-NJ report quotes anonymous sources who say New Jersey officials have let Amazon know they are interested in taking over the project if the NYC plan falls through. Newark was one of the finalists in Amazon’s site search. New Jersey officials say Newark is a natural second choice, since Amazon officials involved in the NYC deal are familiar with the area.

But, the source also told ROI-NJ that New Jersey officials haven’t been given any indication Bezos and Amazon are serious about walking away from the New York City plan.

Quote of the Day: “I tell Democrats all the time—I don’t want to bash Republicans. They’re Americans too,” — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, while campaigning for president in Iowa.

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NJ Politics Digest: If NYC Doesn’t Want Amazon, Newark Still Does