New Jersey officials who have spent years trying to lure a major project to one of the largest available sites in the Garden State—the former US Army base at Fort Monmouth, which straddles Eatontown and Oceanport—breathed a sigh of relief on Monday as the opening of bids confirmed that Netflix is aiming to acquire the site for a TV and film production complex.

When the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) originally put the site—known locally as the Mega Parcel—up for bid in October, it was widely assumed that the most interested buyer was Netflix, which had been discussing a relocation from its studio in Georgia.

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