Amazon would have stayed the course with its planned New York City campus if Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was not an outspoken critic of the deal, Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., said Sunday.
King was on "The Cats Roundtable" radio show with John Catsimatidis and discussed the project that was canceled earlier this week.
"If Joe Crowley was still the congressman, it wouldn’t have happened," King said.
Crowley, a Democrat, served in the House for 20 years. Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic Socialist who previously worked as a New York City bartender, beat him in last year's Democratic primary and then went on to win the seat in the November midterm election.
"The Democrats now control everything. If the Republicans controlled the state Senate, this would not have happened. And the fact is, that is where it was really killed," said King, referring to New York's Democratic-controlled state legislature.
Ocasio-Cortez and other critics of the Amazon deal, which would have created 25,000 jobs in Long Island City, said the state went too far in offering the online retail giant tax incentives. After multiple discussions, Amazon said Thursday the planned project was canceled.
"It's like putting a sign up that you can't do business in New York," King said Sunday. "Nothing is ever perfect, but in this case, it was as close to it as you're going to get."
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