Fewer incentives mean less TV, film productions for NJ

NEWARK - The amount of productions that are shot in New Jersey is down since tax credits for filming in the Garden State were cut by the Christie administration.

According to the New Jersey Motion Picture and TV Commission, there were more than 920 projects filmed in the state last year, including feature films, television shows and music videos. The projects were all filmed before the tax credits were cut.

Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) administration said that the state couldn't afford to give tax cuts anymore, despite lobbyists from the film and television industry stating their case.

The commission says it can still market New Jersey by selling its "close proximity to major metropolitan areas, assortment of excellent locations in a compact geographic area and a deep deep natural talent pool."

A single scripted television series shot principally in New Jersey can bring as much as $50 million a year into the state, according to the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission.

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