Murphy Pushes For Amazon In Newark As Cuomo Deals With Power Shifts

February 15, 2019 - 5:29 pm

NEWARK (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is asking Amazon to take a second look at the state’s largest city for the location of their second headquarters now that the online retailer has backed out of plans to move to New York City.

He said he would love to see the company move to Newark, but for now, seemed to be playing it cool."

“I have to take them at their word, although, we are in communication with them. They said they would not re-open the HQ2 process,” Murphy noted.

Newark had initially offered $5 billion in incentives for 50,000 potential jobs. There are now 25,000 jobs at play, as Amazon will continue plans to build a headquarters in Virginia.

But, even with fewer jobs, Gov. Murphy believes the company could be a great fit for the state.

“It's a community on the rise, it's location is second to none, it's got a deep talent pool,” Murphy said of Newark.

The governor says the match needs to work not just for the company, but for the community, in light of what happened in Long Island City.

Meanwhile, in Albany, Democrats who rebelled against Amazon began to signal a shifting power structure in the New York State Legislature.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not mince words saying, “the New York state Senate has done tremendous damage.”

He said the lawmakers who fought against the dead should be “held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.”

While it's rare to see members of the same political party attack each other, Dr. Jeanne Zaino at Iona College says with very progressive democrats now in power in the state Senate, Cuomo's cover is blown.

“I think as you get to these more bread and butter economic issues, whether it's relations with corporations, whether it's taxation, he is somebody who is more moderate,” she explained.

And, for somebody used to getting his way, Zaino says there could be a big wake-up call in Cuomo’s future.

“There is a benefit to not having your party fully in control, because when you're in control, you own it and you have to take responsibility for what happens, and yet, he can't control some of these members,” she said.

A statement from a Cuomo spokesperson also slammed more moderate Senate Democrats for not speaking up in support of Amazon.