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New Jersey taxpayers paying $420K tab for ‘Jersey Shore’

Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino in Seaside Heights, N.J. (Mel Evans/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The state of New Jersey is helping MTV — and, by extention, Snooki and the Situation — pay its bills.

Thanks to a film tax credit approved by the state’s Economic Development Authority, taxpayers will pay $420,000 of the production costs generated by the first season of “Jersey Shore,” the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. Seaside Heights Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey told the Star-Ledger that the credit is justified because the MTV reality show boosts the local economy whenever it shoots in the home state of its title.

Others do not agree.

“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,” quipped Declan O’Scanlon, a member of the New Jersey General Assembly.

Sounds like that guys is a totalH8R.” If only he could eat a meal with Snooki and realize that she’s really just a nice, regular girl who deserves our respect.

In all seriousness and fairness, though, tax credits like these can’t discriminate based on the quality of the movie/TV show they benefit. Still, upon hearing this news, people who live in New Jersey may be inclined to do what the Situation recently did on an episode of “Jersey Shore”: shove their heads through a wall.

(P.S. He did that when they were shooting in Italy. So don’t worry, New Jersey: you won’t eventually be asked to cover Mike Sorrentino’s medical bills.)

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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