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Newark 'moving forward' despite reports Amazon eyeing HQ2 in Virginia

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Newark is one of 20 finalists in the running to land Amazon's HQ2
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Despite indications Amazon plans to open its second North America headquarters in northern Virginia instead of Newark, the city’s mayor said it is “moving forward.”

“[We’re] in it, [and] at the end of the day, Newark is moving forward,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said Monday.

The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, reported over the weekend that senior officials were in advanced talks to open their second headquarters, also known as the HQ2, in Crystal City, Va., just south of Washington, D.C.

Baraka said that he has not been in touch with anyone from Amazon since the Saturday report.

Both Newark and northern Virginia have been listed among 20 finalists to host the highly-sought-after HQ2. The move is expected to generate up to 50,000 new jobs and $5 billion of investment into the city Amazon chooses.

In August, Newark finalized a $2 billion economic incentive package to lure Amazon, on top of $5 billion that New Jersey put on the table.

“I’ll be glad to find out what they’re going to do,” Baraka said. “Newark is going to move forward. We are always going to move forward. We’re even excited about being in the running as it is.”

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Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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