New Jersey Governor Cuts $420K Jersey Shore Tax Credit
Recently, Jersey Shore was granted a $420,000 tax credit by the state of New Jersey to help with production. There are plenty of arguments to be made that the show is actually a positive for New Jersey — particularly that it re-sparked tourism to the shore — but, unsurprisingly, a lot of people were less than pleased with the idea of coughing up cash to help further the adventures of the guido gang we all know and hate to love.
Well, no need for those people to worry: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie followed through on his threat to axe the credit.
"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,” Christie wrote. Christie also chastised the legislators who pushed the tax credit in the first place, calling it an example of the "potential for wasteful spending" inherent when the government agrees to subsidize film and television projects. (For some context, Christie cut all film production tax credits in New Jersey back in 2010.)
Plus, okaying the Jersey Shore tax credit would probably not look so hot on his resume if Christie actually decides to run for president.