Two days after Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer fired off a letter emphatically denying MTV and 495 Productions permission to film a planned “Jersey Shore” spin-off in the public areas of that city, Jersey Shore, Pa. welcomed them with open arms.
Hoboken Mayor Zimmer shooed Snooki and JWoww away, “based on protecting public safety and qualify of life concerns for Hoboken residents.”
Central Pennsylvania Film Office commissioner Lorena Beniquez told the Associated Press they’d be tickled pink to have the two hard-partying gym-tan-laundry gals.
“Most of the time, when we make headlines, it’s for the Little League World Series,” Beniquez said. “Or the gas industry. We want to be known for something once the gas industry is done and gone.”
In a tersely written letter to MTV and the Beverly Hills, Calif. Production company, the mayor of Hoboken put the producers, the network, and network-parent Viacom on “formal notice” that any effort to come to “verbal agreements” to film in public areas with “payments to individuals” – as the mayor said city officials had been led to believe had taken place on occasion in other areas, in lieu of permits, while shooting “Jersey Shore,” is a criminal offense and would be “dealt with immediately and aggressively by the City of Hoboken.”
Jersey Shore, Pa., borough manager Gretchen Spiecher, however, says, “It would be fun to have the spotlight on the borough” if Snooki and JWoww came to film.
“But we’d like to know what the show’s going to be about, will it be shot inside or outside,” Spiecher noted, adding, “I would like to know because I’ve never seen (‘Jersey Shore’).”