Amazon has dropped NYC for its HQ2. Is Newark back in the running?

Julie Daurio, Producer | February 14, 2019 | Politics

Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a new headquarters in New York City.

The company said it doesn’t plan to look for another location at this time, but that hasn’t stopped New Jersey officials from reminding Amazon the state is open for business.

“After learning of the decision to pull out of their chosen HQ2 location, I contacted Amazon and city of Newark stakeholders directly,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “Now more than ever, Newark is the clear choice as the next presence for Amazon corporate offices.”

Newark was among 20 cities Amazon selected as finalists for the second headquarters location, which came with the promise of 50,000 jobs. The city and state offered a combined $7 billion in tax incentives to attract the company.

“We are well poised to accommodate Amazon should they want to relocate New York City’s portion of HQ2, in whole or part,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement. “We welcome the opportunity to resume conversations with Amazon.”

Amazon announced in November that it had chosen the Long Island City section of Queens for one of two new headquarters, with the other in northern Virginia. But community opposition to New York’s incentive package and the potential impact on local rents had grown since the announcement.