EDISON - The company which produces MTV's hit reality show "Jersey Shore" has been approved for a $420,000 film tax credit for production of the show's first season in 2009 by the state Economic Development Authority (EDA), according to Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) office.
The move was part of the first round of film tax credits awarded by the EDA since Christie suspended the program in 2010 to close the budget deficit. The governor's office said it was based on a set of strict guidelines and that the state doesn't weigh in on editorial content.
The motion has drawn sharp criticism from some of the state's biggest critics of the tax incentive program.
Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon reportedly said he can't believe taxpayers are paying "for fake tanning for "Snooki" and 'The Situation."'
Seaside Heights Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey says the local economy gets a boost when "Snooki," "The Situtation" and the rest of the "Jersey Shore" cast are in town.