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New Mexico governor reaches out to Nike amid Arizona flap

July 2, 2019
This undated product image obtained by the Associated Press shows Nike Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoes that have a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag, on them. Nike is pulling the flag-themed tennis shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker, according to the Wall Street Journal. (AP Photo)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has reached out to Nike to “explore whether there’s a potential fit” after the governor in neighboring Arizona pulled funding amid a flap about an American flag-themed shoe.

Lujan Grisham spokesman Tripp Stelnicki said Tuesday the Democratic governor contacted Nike because she wants the jobs in New Mexico that would go to a planned $185 million factory in Goodyear, Arizona.

It’s not clear whether the move by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey would derail Nike’s plans for the Arizona factor.

The Wall Street Journal reported Nike pulled the colonial-era American flag shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained.

Stelnicki says New Mexico in recent months has attracted employers like Netflix and NBC Universal. He says Nike would find a friendly business climate in the state.

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