Hit MTV show Jersey Shore will not receive a tax credit from New Jersey. As reported by NJ.com, Gov. Chris Christie refused to give a $42,000 tax credit that would benefit Snookie, the Situation and the other Guidos and Guidettes.
Gov Christie said he believes that money needs to go into programs that actually benefit the state of New Jersey. State Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex) and the national coalition of Italian-Americans praise Christie’s action. Businesses on the shore may not have the same feelings. The tax credit program was intended to aid business in Seaside Heights, where the initial season of Jersey Shore was shot.
The 2009 production of the show received a tax credit from the New Jersey Economic Development, before Christie suspended the program in 2010 to close a budget deficit.
“I have no interest in policing the content of such projects,” Christie said. “As chief executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the State and its citizens.”