AOC decries ‘wack billboards’ blaming her for Amazon ditching NYC

February 21, 2019 - 11:15 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter early Thursday morning to hit back at a billboard in Times Square that blames her for Amazon’s decision to go rein in plans for a new headquarters in Queens.

The billboard says: “25,000 Lost NYC Jobs. $4 Billion in Lost Wages. $12 Billion in Lost Economic Activity for NY. Thanks For Nothing, AOC!”

The sign includes a hashtag: #SocialismTakesCapitalismCreates.

“Few things effectively communicate the power we’ve built in fighting dark money & anti-worker policies like billionaire-funded groups blowing tons of cash on wack billboards (this one is funded by the Mercers),” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

The tweet ends with a dig at Times Square, often seen as a tourist wasteland by the city’s residents: “PS fact that it’s in Times Sq tells you this isn’t for/by NYers.”

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The congresswoman says the funder of the billboard, Jobs Creators Network, is tied to the conservative Mercer Family Foundation.

She referenced the TV show "The Office" in a second tweet about the billboard: 

Amazon dropped plans to build a second headquarters in Long Island City in the face of opposition from some lawmakers, activists and community groups. Ocasio-Cortez was one of the most vocal critics of the headquarters.

But Amazon’s critics aren’t letting go -- another anti-Amazon rally was being held Thursday in Queens.