New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy thinks businesses in Alabama and Georgia would be happier relocating to New Jersey, where higher taxes might be overlooked in favor of reproductive rights.
“New Jersey is open for business for any company that, given the assault on a woman’s right to choose perpetrated by states like Alabama and Georgia, is seeking a home that recognizes basic constitutional rights,” said Darryl Isherwood, a spokesman for the governor. “New Jersey offers not only a hospitable business climate, but also maintains its progressive values, which include defending a woman’s right to choose. “
Alabama recently passed a new law that bans abortion in nearly all cases — including rape and incest – with the sole exception being to save the lie of the mother. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed the “heartbeat bill” that bans abortion procedures after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson approved a strict abortion ban today.
Murphy administration officials told the New Jersey globe that the state is planning an outreach campaign to businesses in Alabama and Georgia.
Along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Murphy signed a letter to the head of production at 20th Century Fox saying that Georgia’s new abortion law would make the state “an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work.”
The letter touted New Jersey and Illinois as better locations.
“The Garden State offers a range of financial incentives including tax credits of up to 30 percent of production cost,” Murphy wrote.
Murphy asked the film industry to align their values with where they spend money and boycott states not aligned with progressive ideals.
“When those values are under attack, you have the responsibility and opportunity to leverage your power to make a difference,” Murphy, Emmanuel and Pritzker wrote.
Georgia, which has invested in growing their footprint in the film industry, faces the loss of that business.
David Simon, a film producer known for The Wire recently tweeted his intention to only work in pro-choice states.
“I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies,” Simon said. “I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact. Other filmmakers will see this.”Phil Murphy Emmanuel Pritzker 20th Century Fox - 2 (003)