New Jersey has been enamored with the possibility of Amazon building a new headquarters in Newark ever since it started its nationwide search for a place to build a new home. On Thursday, just prior to lunchtime – and before the announcement that Amazon would withdraw from plans to set up shop in Long Island City – Jersey took it to a whole new level.
A courier reportedly brought a Valentine’s Day package to an Amazon-occupied Manhattan office. The gift was from Newark officials bearing the message: “Newark loves Amazon and would love to work with the technology giant in the near future.”
The balloons, cupcakes and a giant sign expressing Newark’s affection for Amazon was to “remind Amazon of our love for them and our support of them coming to New Jersey,” said Jose Lozano, CEO of Choose New Jersey, in a statement. “As Governor Murphy stated, New Jersey never closed the door.”
“This is a bold and playful gesture to remind Amazon that our incentives on the state and city side are in place, so there’s more opportunity for them to be welcomed with ease,” said Aisha Glover, CEO of Newark Alliance.
Last November, the online retailer announced it intended to build its second headquarters in both Queens, N.Y. and Arlington, Va. after a nationwide search, but Thursday Amazon announced it was no longer going to move forward with plans to build its headquarters in New York.
In a statement, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka reiterated what Gov. Murphy has been saying since rumors began to swirl that Amazon was going to pull out of New York, that Newark “welcomed the opportunity” to restart HQ2 talks with Amazon so the company could have the opportunity to be a part of the city’s renaissance.
“Given the city and state’s assets – a strong talent pipeline, a diverse tech base, unmatched infrastructure and a highly accessible location – we are well poised to accommodate Amazon should they want to relocate New York City’s portion of HQ2, in whole or part,” Baraka said. “Legislation regarding the tax incentives has already been passed, our real estate options are still viable, and the community has been – and will continue to be – engaged.”