Late this afternoon Governor Chris Christie announced that the world’s largest online retailer is making plans to open two state-of-the-art fulfillment distribution centers in New Jersey that will begin construction in 2013. has also agreed to start collecting state sales tax on purchases to Garden Staters.

“This marks the beginning of what is expected to be over $130 million in capital investment in the Garden State,” says Christie. “It is also expected to create several thousand quality jobs for New Jersey families, including plans for nearly 1500 full-time jobs, as well as thousands of full-time temporary, seasonal and construction jobs.”

Where the facilities will be located is still to be determined.

The Governor says, “Amazon will begin collecting sales tax on purchases to New Jersey customers in July of 2013. This means New Jerseyans will no longer have the required responsibility of tracking and reporting sales tax owed on their online purchases.”

Christie estimates that the state could collect $30 to $40 million dollars in additional sales tax revenue through this agreement.

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