New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made it clear he’s not a fan of “Jersey Shore,” and now he has even more reason to hate the MTV show.
According to a report on the NJ.com news site, the state’s taxpayers will foot the bill for as much as $420,000 in production costs from the show’s 2009 first season. The tab reportedly comes as a result of the state’s film tax credits.
The article quotes Michael Drewniak, spokesman for Gov. Christie, saying: "The governor’s opinions about ‘Jersey Shore’ and its New Yorker cast are well-known: They are phonies and the show is a false portrayal of New Jersey and our shore communities. He has also been clear about his belief that film tax credit programs are not the most effective way to spur economic growth throughout the state."
Another critic of the tax credit, and apparently of the show, is Republican State Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, who added: "I can’t believe we are paying for fake tanning for Snooki and The Situation, and I am not even sure $420,000 covers that. This is a great investment for the taxpayers, as if they can make a show called ‘Jersey Shore’ anywhere else."
The article did uncover one apparent fan of the arrangement. Seaside Heights, N.J., Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey is quoted as saying: "The boost to the economy certainly shows — when they are here this place is busy. A lot of the business folks here appreciate that."