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Governor Christie Vetoes Tax Credit Award for 'Jersey Shore'

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The cast of MTV's 'Jersey Shore' The cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore" (Courtesy of MTV)

On Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a state Economic Development Authority award that would have given the producers of the MTV reality television show "Jersey Shore" a $420,000 film tax credit.

"In this difficult fiscal climate, the taxpayers of New Jersey should not be forced to subsidize projects such as 'Jersey Shore,'" Christie wrote in a letter to the authority expressing his veto for the award. “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."

The Economic Development Authority had approved the credit for 495 Productions, Inc. at a meeting on Sept. 14.

In his veto letter, Christie said that he had serious concerns about the value and return on the New Jersey Film Tax Credit Transfer Program.

“Legislators who championed the Program’s original legislation, and who later sponsored legislation to expand it, must surely have appreciated the consequences of their actions," wrote Christie. "The tax credit to 'Jersey Shore' illustrates the potential for wasteful spending inherent in the implementation of the Program."

The most recent season of "Jersey Shore," was filmed in Italy.

MTV declined to comment on the veto, except to say that "Jersey Shore" would not be affected. 495 Productions could not be reached immediately for comment.

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