Governor Chris Christie has vetoed the $420,000 tax credit for MTV’s Jersey Shore citing a combination of the state’s budget problems and the misconceptions of the state that it promotes.
It wasn’t just to save money, Christie said after vetoing a $420,000 tax credit for the raucous reality show “Jersey Shore’’ yesterday.
“I am duty-bound to ensure that the taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens,” he wrote to the state’s Economic Development Authority, which had authorized the credit.
The production firm of the hit MTV series — featuring Nicole “Snooki’’ Polizzi (inset), among others — had applied for the money to cover some of expenses for its inaugural 2009 season.
It sought the funds under the state’s $10 million Film Credit Transfer Program, which is designed to promote the making of movies and TV shows in the state.
Since it became a phenomenon, “Jersey Shore” has been criticized by state leaders, who say its stars — several of whom don’t live in the Garden State — portray residents as hard-partying, empty-headed beach lovers.
The reality of the situation is that there are people like that at the Jersey Shore, but it is a very small percentage. You could very easily go to the epicenter of this behavior, Seaside Heights and not see any of these types of people. Plus, this kind of activity goes on in towns and cities all over the country and the world. New Jersey doesn’t represent it more than any place else.
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