Getting Amazoned may have effects on New York for years to come, but could New York’s loss be New Jersey’s gain? What has New Jersey put into place to avoid a similar loss? Or would New Jerseyans prefer to have another State “win” and bear the many costs and freebies that a State has to promise to lure such a business to establish a gigantic presence in their State?
“A day after Amazon — and the promise of almost unprecedented jobs and investment — was forced out of New York City due to local opposition from politicians and progressives, two questions must be asked: 1. Should Amazon been able to foresee this possibility? And 2. Could the same scenario happen in New Jersey? The first question is easy — especially in hindsight. So said Jay Biggins, a partner at BLS Strategies in Princeton and a nationally known relocation expert. “I think generally it’s a surprise, but when you look back at the sequence of events, two things became clear: There was a growing sort of political movement among activists that captured a certain amount of the news cycle that was creating an unwelcome feeling……”