Christie: Newark was ‘clear winner’ of state’s backing for Amazon bid

On Monday at the Rutgers Business School, Gov. Chris Christie decisively announced that the city of Newark had won the competition to have the state’s full support in a bid to land Amazon’s new headquarters.

“Let me be clear on this: Newark was the clear winner of this competition,” he said. “Newark has earned the state’s support. And I want to thank (Mayor Ras Baraka) and his team that he put together. They did an extraordinary job putting Newark’s best foot forward.”

Christie, standing with Baraka and Cory Booker, a current U.S. senator and former mayor of Newark, said the city will be the only place in the state that has the support of the governor’s office in the effort to land the “HQ2” facility, which could bring billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to the chosen municipality.