Dems introduce bill to entice Amazon to N.J.

    Legislation designed to seal a deal to bring Amazon.com warehouses to New Jersey has been introduced.

    Democrats tell The Associated Press the bill would level the playing field between online retailers like Amazon and those operating out of storefronts. Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald of Voorhees is the driving force behind the measure.
    The AP reported earlier this month that the world’s biggest online retailer was in talks to bring two warehouses to New Jersey in exchange for a sales tax holiday. The deal could bring 1,500 full-time jobs to a state where unemployment has hovered around 9 percent.

    The legislation would allow for suspended sales tax collections until September of 2013 in exchange for Amazon’s $65 million investment.

    Amazon currently collects no sales taxes from New Jersey customers.

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