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State of rivalry: Sununu points out Boston flaws

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October 19. 2017 11:30PM


In his attempt to convince Amazon to locate its second headquarters in New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu and Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor Caswell highlighted many advantages of a 603-acre site in Londonderry, and some of the disadvantages of moving to Boston.

The horror!

The New Hampshire Democratic Party is aghast that Sununu would threaten New Hampshire’s “working relationship” with a neighboring state.

The party also rushed to condemn Sununu for pointing out that the illegal drugs flooding into New Hampshire were flowing through Lawrence, Mass.

Colin Van Ostern, who lost to Sununu last year, called Sununu’s pitch “trash talk.”

When Bay State busybodies were spotted taking down license plate numbers at New Hampshire liquor stores, Gov. Mel Thomson sent state troopers to chase them back to Taxachusetts. Sununu’s decision to tout New Hampshire’s edge over Boston is not going to set off a border war.

Sununu ran on a pledge to be more aggressive in attracting new businesses to New Hampshire. And competition requires being competitive. It’s not Sununu’s job to soothe the egos of Massachusetts politicians. Besides, Charlie Baker and Marty Walsh can take it.

Boston has a lot to offer, but cheap housing, quick commutes, and a low-tax environment aren’t on the list. Sununu and Caswell are doing their jobs by highlighting the Granite State’s advantages.


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