Christie to candidates: Let’s join forces to help N.J. land Amazon HQ2

By Tom Bergeron
Trenton | Sep 27, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Gov. Chris Christie is trying to help his successor make a big splash at the start of the next administration.

On Friday, Christie wrote to both Republican gubernatorial nominee Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Democratic nominee Phil Murphy and asked them to join in the state’s effort to land the much-coveted Amazon HQ2 headquarters, the Associated Press reported.

In a letter obtained by the AP, Christie asked both candidates to join the effort.

“As the major party candidates for governor of this state in the November elections, I write this letter seeking your commitment to pursuing a unified and continuous approach to attracting Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ project to New Jersey,” Christie wrote.

The letter came weeks after the Seattle-based company said it is planning to spend $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees.

Many are hoping the company will make its second headquarters on East Coast.

And while both candidates have pledged to support a bid for Amazon — something seemingly every municipality in the country is chasing — what New Jersey will be able to offer remains to be seen.

Christie said in the letter that he plans on seeking new bipartisan legislation that would change the state’s Grow NJ incentive program. He said he wants to remove geography qualifications and wants to allow tax credits to be carried forward for up to 50 years.

Christie said in the letter he wants a response from the candidates by Friday.