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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, right, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, left, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka speak during an announcement in Newark, N.J., Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
When asked about the meeting on Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy declined to comment and wouldn’t even confirm whether it took place, according to an NJ.com report. New Jersey gained attention with its proposal because the state offered up to $7 billion in tax credits if it’s chosen.
But the CEO of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, Aisha Glover, confirmed with the news outlet that the visit occurred, though she remained mum on specifics.
“The purpose of that meeting was to fine-tune elements included in our pitch and give a first-hand look at the city we hope will be chosen for their second national headquarters,” Glover said. “We will make no comment on the views and reactions of the Amazon team in order to respect the integrity of their selection process.”
Similar to its stop in Philadelphia and the other cities on the HQ2 shortlist, additional details are sparse.
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The HQ2 team stopped in Philadelphia earlier this year, Mayor Jim Kenney confirmed the visit happened in a March meeting. But little has been shared about what actually occurred while they were in town.
The Wall Street Journal said earlier this month education and the tech-talent pipeline have been key. Amazon reportedly asked for breakout sessions on those topics.
In Philadelphia, the Navy Yard business campus and two sites in the University City neighborhood are under consideration by the e-commerce and technology giant.