Politics

NJ Taxpayer Money: $420K in Production Costs for 'Jersey Shore'

| by Michael Allen

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

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 Governor Chris Christie disagrees.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said to the New Jersey Star-Ledger: "The Governor's opinions about 'Jersey Shore' and its New Yorker cast are well-known. 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."

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