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New Jersey Taxpayers Picking Up $420K 'Jersey Shore' Tab

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 15th 2011 11:35AM
New Jerseyans already have some conflicted feelings about the way MTV's hit reality show 'Jersey Shore' portrays their home state. Now that NJ taxpayers are footing some of the bill for their ridiculous exploits, the state may have a situation on its hands.

The AP reports that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority has approved state funding of $420,000 worth of production costs incurred during the show's 2009 season under a film tax credit program.

The decision is already sparking controversy. New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who has been a vocal critic of the show, is speaking out against the funding. "The Governor's opinions about 'Jersey Shore' and its New Yorker cast are well-known," Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said in a statement to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "They are phonies and the show is a false portrayal of New Jersey and our shore communities. He has also been clear about his belief that film tax credit programs are not the most effective way to spur economic growth throughout the State."

However, Seaside Heights mayor P. Kenneth Hershey defended the decision, arguing that when the show films in his beach town, it brings increased economic activity to the area. But in a state that's seen public budgets slashed in the past several years, the idea of taxpayers contributing to spray-tans, bar-tabs and keeping the jacuzzi warm could turn into a political firestorm.

The show's current season, which filmed in Florence, Italy, has featured drunken brawls in its last two episodes, most notably when the Situation knocked himself out by headbutting a concrete wall, and when Snooki accidentally fought her friend Deena in a dimly-lit nightclub.

Tell us: Do you think New Jersey taxpayers should be contributing to 'Jersey Shore's' production costs?

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lovekaley

JERSEy shore has brought WAAAY more than 400k in revenue to your state. NOT to mention the taxes that the WHOLE CASY PAYS!! in the millions combined. you are better off financially having snooki on the pay roll. jersey is a dump. its the best thing that ever happened to your state!! GET REAL!!

September 17 2011 at 9:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
lovekaley

that show PUT JERSEY ON THE MAP. COME on jersey!! you were NOTHING until snooki and the snitchuation showed up. GET REAL. JERSEY IS A DUMP!!

September 17 2011 at 8:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bibi

This is the most outrages waste of public funds I can imagine!

September 16 2011 at 8:13 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
thescot

Let the idiots that watch this crap pay for it, more waste of taxpayers money for what, a buch of over sexed assho***.

September 15 2011 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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lovekaley

OVER sexed? FIRST OF ALL..heheheh...you can never be over sexed. SECOND OF ALL...heheehe..jealous?

September 17 2011 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cecepalmdale

a Giant NO, crazy for the State to pay for any part of this stupid show!!!

September 15 2011 at 3:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dobermantilghman

420K - Is that kilometers, or kilograms, or karats or kindergarten?

September 15 2011 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gymbo bogymm

You're paying to slaughter the unborn.Why would yoiu ''liberals''be upset about a leftist film maker making some of YOUR TAX DOLLARS pay the tramps of TV? It's all about HAPPY

September 15 2011 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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thescot

Lieberals love it it is the taxpayer who is upset.

September 15 2011 at 4:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
aristocat101

Cancel the show its horrible and the so called actors have no talent.

September 15 2011 at 3:14 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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lovekaley

THEY will run for another season or two then THE SPIN OFFS!! snooki and jwow already signed deals. they are going to re cast the shore with a new group of jersey idiots!!! i LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT~!!

September 17 2011 at 9:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
heypepper

The mayor of seaside heights is obviously a moron. Our state has enough problems with money that we need to pay them for film production, when a majority of the people I know think that these people would have been better off being filmed in some country where they would be shot.

September 15 2011 at 3:11 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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lovekaley

JERSEy shore has brought WAAAY more than 400k in revenue to your state. NOT to mention the taxes that the WHOLE CASY PAYS!! in the millions combined. you are better off financially having snooki on the pay roll. jersey is a dump. its the best thing that ever happened to your state!! GET REAL!!

September 17 2011 at 9:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
douglasnyc10003

"Today, Feb. 22, 2011, Gov. Chris Christie unveiled his budget for the year ending June 30, 2012, touting the state's efforts to close a projected $11 billion deficit.
-Major changes in health services: Christie is calling for a 15 percent cut in funding for the Department of Health and Senior Services. Among other Medicaid reforms, he wants to transfer recipients to privately run programs, which would save $41 million.
-State employee pension and benefit cuts: Christie has proposed an increase in the retirement age and elimination of cost-of-living adjustments. He also wants to freeze state salaries and increase the amount state employees pay for their health care plans. By 2014, the governor would require them to pay for 30% of their medical benefits, up from 8% now.
-Cuts for teacher pensions: Direct state payments for education -- including the teachers' pension fund, post-retirement medical care and teachers' Social Security -- are being cut by $387.5 million. This would translate into a 15% pay cut for educators, according to the New Jersey Education Association.
-Cuts in funding for environmental protection by 10% and for health and senior services by 15%. Cities would lose 10% of their aid. Medicaid recipients would be shifted into managed care, saving $41 million.
AND
-$2.5 billion in business tax cuts and incentives: Christie wants to cut the minimum corporate tax by 25 percent.

does new jersey really have $420,000 to cover "production costs" for a mind numbing show like "jersey shore"? i think some priorities are a bit off balance.

September 15 2011 at 3:10 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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