Both locations were selected from over 200 bidders and were expected to receive $2.5 billion in investments from the e-commerce giant. "New Jersey is open for business, and now more than ever, Newark is the clear choice as the next presence for Amazon corporate offices".
US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents the Bronx and Queens, also opposed the plans.
Opposition from state and local politicians effectively forced Amazon out of the Big Apple.
Amazon, as you may recall, instituted a public search for its second headquarters, during which time it played various cities against each other, with most applicants promising a wide array of tax breaks and other incentives.
And Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez said in a statement last week, "If Amazon is reconsidering getting out of its plan to open a headquarters in NY, as has been reported by the Washington Post, we welcome the opportunity to talk further with the e-commerce giant".
"Such great leaders like @SenGianaris. exposed truth re Amazon, fought a hell of a battle vs most powerful company, richest man: WON".
Fort Worth's offer to Amazon topped $1 billion in incentives when state and county incentives were included. State Senator Michael Gianaris and Queens City Council Member Jimmy van Bramer also voiced their opposition to the tax breaks. In a blog post today, the company has announced its decision to forgo NY as a location for its headquarters.
The union has been a frequent critic of Amazon's working conditions and has partnered with Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island in their push to unionize.
In its statement on Thursday, Amazon said they loved NY and were grateful to both Cuomo and de Blasio for their support during the process.
Will New York's pain be another state's gain?
The Arlington campus was expected to be the same size as the NY one, with 25,000 employees.
De Blasio, however, blamed Amazon.
Not everyone is happy about the Amazon's decision to walk away.
Bankrate.com's senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick called Amazon's decision "a stunning development".
"I'll just say I've communicated with the people of Amazon that we're still here, they know that", Tory said at an event on Tuesday.
The New York Times reports that Amazon is not placing a second headquarters in New York's Long Island City, citing hard relationships with state and local politicians.
"We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion - we love NY", the online giant said in a blog post, adding that it already has 5,000 employees in the city and plans to increase that number.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio consistently supported the plan, but other elected officials in New York City, New York state, and New York's congressional delegation criticized Amazon's arrival. "But now, we won't have a chance to do that and we are out 25K+ new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments". The steadfast commitment and dedication that these leaders have demonstrated to the communities they represent inspired us from the very beginning and is one of the big reasons our decision was so hard.