New Jersey lawmakers back Christie's plan to attract Amazon

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New Jersey's legislative leaders say that they are behind Gov. Chris Christie's proposal to offer up to $5 billion in tax incentives to attract Amazon's new headquarters to the state.

Democratic and Republican legislative leaders have all signed a letter to Christie backing his proposed legislative overhaul to a tax incentive program.

The lawmakers say they support changing the Grow NJ program to allow recipients to locate anywhere in the state, not only in economically depressed cities. They say they also support letting Amazon carry forward tax credits for 50 years.

Christie's proposal came to light after a letter he wrote to the Democratic and Republican candidates to succeed him in this year's gubernatorial election was obtained by The Associated Press.

Republican candidate Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno says that she supports the idea.

Democrat Phil Murphy said in a letter on Wednesday that a "unified" approach will give the state the "strongest possible proposal" as it competes with locations across the country for Amazon's second headquarters.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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