TRENTON – Joined by company representatives, Gov. Chris Christie announced Wednesday afternoon the beginning of a long-term partnership with global internet retail giant Amazon.com starting with the company’s plans to begin construction on two fulfillment distribution center facilities in the state in 2013.
These distribution facilities are expected to result in at least $130 million in capital investment, along with the expected creation of several thousand quality jobs for our families, including plans for over 1,500 full-time jobs, as well as thousands of full-time temporary, seasonal and construction jobs.
“In yet another positive sign in our state’s economic and job growth, I’m pleased Amazon is committed to helping New Jersey grow and create quality jobs,” said Christie. “After months of hard work and collaboration, Amazon has joined the long list of companies that recognize New Jersey’s economic and business climate is improving. We’ve created an atmosphere of job creation, growth and investment, which is why we have taken another important step toward placing quality, good-paying job opportunities within reach of our families.”
Separately, Christie also announced today that, working together, the Administration and Amazon have reached an agreement that provides certainty with regard to Amazon’s obligation to collect sales tax on purchases by New Jersey consumers. This agreement culminated after months of hard work and cooperation among Amazon staff, the Governor’s Office, the Treasury Department’s Division of Taxation, and legislative staff.
According to the agreement between the New Jersey Division of Taxation and Amazon, the company will voluntarily begin to collect and remit New Jersey sales tax by July 1, 2013, or as of the effective date of federal legislation concerning state sales tax collection from out-of-state retailers, whichever is earlier. This means New Jerseyans will no longer have the required responsibility of tracking and reporting use tax owed on their online purchases from Amazon, and the state will receive the sales tax it is due to fund programs and services for its residents.