“Jersey Shore” may not be receiving financial aid from the state of New Jersey after all.
Gov. Chris Christie has blocked plans by the state’s Economic Development Authority to provide a $420,000 tax credit to the MTV reality series, the New York Times reports. The funds were supposed to help offset the production costs from “Shore’s” first season, which — along with subsequent seasons of the wildly popular drunken hook-up fest as well as appearances by its stars — has provided an economic boost to businesses in the beach town.
But Christie wasn’t having it. In a letter to the Economic Development Authority’s chief officer he said he had a responsibility to make sure New Jersey tax payers are not “footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens.”
One problem with the governor’s stance? He does not plan to put a stop to providing tax breaks for other TV productions; the Times notes that the Development Authority also approved a $9 million credit for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” a show that regularly features heinous crimes being solved but does not regularly broadcast footage of Snooki smooshing in the great state of New Jersey. (Or, in the case of “Jersey Shore’s” fourth season, Italy.)
Is this a case of GTL discrimination? Or is Gov. Christie simply exercising some common sense?
State Sen. Joseph F. Vitale supports the decision because he feels it’s inappropriate to provide state funding for a show that disparages Italian-Americans, as well as one that he describes as “just a bunch of deadwoods getting drunk and getting arrested.” Man, that guy is just begging to show up on an episode of “H8R.”