New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has cut a tax credit for the ‘Jersey Shore’ reality show. He has blocked plans by the state’s Economic Development Authority to provide a $420,000 tax benefit to the series. The measure was to help offset production costs in Seaside Heights where the filming took place in its first season of 2009.
“The show hurts the state’s image,” Christie said. However, the 2009 season would still qualify for the program that New Jersey has. Chris didn’t agree, saying in a statement, “I have no interest in policing the content of such projects … 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.”
On the other hand, the governor has no plans to cut an already approved $9 million credit for “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” a show that regularly features heinous crimes being solved in New Jersey.
MTV spokeswoman Noelle Llewellyn said she wouldn’t comment on the tax issue but wanted to reassure the show’s fans. “‘Jersey Shore’ itself will not be affected,” she said.
State Sen. Joseph F. Vitale supports the decision because he feels itâ€™s inappropriate to provide State funding for a show that hurts and disparages Italian-Americans, as well as one that he describes as “just a bunch of deadwoods getting drunk and getting arrested.”
The Jersey Shore series follows the lives of eight housemates that include Snooki, Pauly D, and The “Sitituation” and others spending their summer at Seaside Heights. Season 2 followed the cast escaping the cold northeast winter to Miami Beach, with Season 3 returning to the Shore. The fourth season was filmed in Italy.