If someone had told you five years ago that Newark would be among the 20 finalists in Amazon’s high-profile search for a second headquarters, you’d have laughed yourself silly.
If New Jersey’s governor had referred to Newark as “a city clearly on the rise,” not to mention a “model for urban revitalization,” you’d have questioned his grip on reality.
Yet both of those things have come to pass as the metropolis known as the Brick City has seen the infusion of billions of dollars in new investments as its ticket back to prosperity.
And so the question begs to be answered: Could Trenton be next?
At a forum this week sponsored by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association as well as by Audible, the audiobook company based in Newark, Gov. Phil Murphy suggested that the Cinderella tale in Newark could be duplicated elsewhere in the Garden State.
“The real beauty is that it doesn’t just have to be a Newark story,” he said. “Cities once were the economic engines of our state, and they will be again.”