Chris Christie Vetoes 'Jersey Shore' Tax Credit
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie won't say if he's running for president, but he's definitely campaigning against 'Jersey Shore.' NJ.com is reporting that Christie has vetoed the controversial $420,000 tax credit the New Jersey Development Authority had granted the boozy MTV reality show.
"I have no interest in policing the content of such projects," Christie said in a statement. "However, 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."
Seaside Heights mayor P. Kenneth Hershey had previously defended the tax credit, arguing that having the show film in his beach town helps the local economy.
NJ.com reports that the same program has handed out entertainment-related tax credits to 'Hell in a Cell at Newark,' several live wrestling shows, and 'Chlorine,' a film starring Kyra Sedgwick.
Briefed on the tax credit controversy by AOL TV in an interview last week, 'Jersey Shore' stars Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Sammi Giancola didn't seem too concerned. "I haven't heard anything about that. I don't know anything about that. I say you're welcome. You're gonna have haters wherever you go, and that's just how life is. We're not here to represent anybody but ourselves, and just have a good time."
Below, check out a video playlist of some of the wildest moments from this season of 'Jersey Shore.'