Newark finally released its Amazon HQ2 proposal. Read all the juicy details, including proposed locations.

Newark's closest held secret is finally out.

The city released the bid it submitted for Amazon's new HQ2. Read the document below. (It is just over 200 pages.)

Want a full idea of how Newark pitched to Amazon? Check out this website titled, 'Yes, Newark'. The website, a sleek marketing tool, is designed to give Amazon representatives an idea of what it would be like to live and work in Newark.

Until today, New Jersey's politicians held its Amazon proposal close to the chest. The online retail giant had asked finalist cities to stay quiet while it contemplated where it would open its new headquarters.

Over the last four months, several residents and organizations in New Jersey --including New Jersey Policy Perspective and clients of a prominent law firm-- have filed records requests with the city to find about more about the bid. 

Every one of them was denied.

Steve Wronko, a New Jersey resident, sued Newark for access to the proposal. Newark had previously denied his record requests for not only the proposal, but also for any contracts the city held with third-party vendors who helped prepare the bid.

Today, Newark released the proposal to Wronko and his lawyer, CJ Griffin, an attorney at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden. The law firm first posted the proposal on its New Jersey OPRA blog

Boston, Philadelphia and Miami have also released their proposals to the public.

The Newark proposal details the state's transit system, its housing, and its focus on higher education.

But there's one big thing missing: The details about Newark's incentive package.

The city has offered Amazon a whopping $7 billion dollars in tax credits. But details of how that deal will work are unclear. The city redacted six pages that could explain. 

Newark proposed six locations for an Amazon HQ2 in two districts (Broad Street Station and Newark Penn Station). The locations include Washington Park Campus, Lotus Riverfront, Matrix Riverfront, Gateway Center, Mulberry Commons and RBH SoMa. 

Gov. Phil Murphy and Mayor Ras Baraka met with Amazon representatives earlier this month to discuss possible HQ2 locations. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and businessman and philanthropist Ray Chambers also attended the meetings.

When asked about the meeting during an event in Montclair, Murphy declined to say whether it happened or to provide any details.

"We're gonna respect the process they've (Amazon) laid out, so I'm not gonna speak to anything specific," Murphy told reporters. 

"We're a long way from the goal line. We're one of 20. But I love what Newark's putting forward," he said.

Despite the hype over the Newark offer, analysts have predicted the company will most likely land elsewhere. D.C. or Virginia are both likely picks given Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' relationship to the area. (He owns The Washington Post).

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